CPT reacts to the Budget 2020: On coronavirus 11/03/2020

Responding to the Budget Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport Graham Vidler said:

“The measures announced today by the Chancellor to support small businesses will be especially welcomed by coach businesses across the country. 

“The bus and coach industry already has measures in place to ensure that it is playing its part in helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus and continue to transport critical workers around the country. But if people choose or are required to travel less the industry stands to be significantly affected and will require dedicated support from the Government. This includes greater flexibility to temporarily alter routes and commitments that existing funding for concessionary travel and contracted services such as home to school transport will be maintained even where passengers numbers fall or services are not required.

“Longer term further measures such as the introduction of tax credits to help companies across the sector experiencing significant loss of revenue may also be required.”