CPT reacts to Campaign for Better Transport report ‘Covid-19 Recovery Renewing the Transport System’ 07/07/2020

CPT reacts to Campaign for Better Transport report ‘Covid-19 Recovery Renewing the Transport System’.

“Bus operators across the country have worked constructively with local authorities throughout the pandemic to provide the bus networks needed and we are committed to continuing this approach beyond the end of the pandemic.

“A long term funding settlement for buses and practical measures on the ground to tackle road congestion and boost priority for buses are essential to provide the right environment for more bus use and deliver a green recovery. Evidence from across the country has also shown that bus operators, working in partnership with local authorities, have the skills and knowledge to ensure speedy and efficient use of funding to deliver a sustainable bus network that benefits passengers.

“Buses are central to the recovery of local economies, communities and the environment of towns and cities across the country coming out of Covid-19. With car use already at around 80% pre-Covid levels and studies indicating a million more cars on the road is likely, we risk increasing congestion and air pollution unless we can move away from an 'avoid' message to emphasise travelling safely on buses and avoiding the peak."