Industry leaders head to Downing Street 16/09/2019

Today the Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport Graham Vidler and Policy Manager Alison Edwards went to Downing Street to discuss the industry’s new strategy Moving Forward Together.  

Meeting top policy advisers to the Prime Minister Graham and Alison set out the strategy’s bold ambition to get one billion more journeys made by bus by 2030. They highlighted that key to this was cutting congestion to ensure more reliable and reduced journey times to encourage more people to give the bus a go.

Graham said: “It was great to be talking buses in Downing Street for the second time since I took over as Chief Executive a few months ago. Buses are a vital part of the transport network with over four billion journeys a year made by bus.

“CPT will keep up the pressure for the Government to deliver a national bus strategy that includes amongst other things targets for local authorities to reduce bus journey times. “

Alison said: “After the launch last week it was pleasing to be able to speak to senior officials about how we turn the ambitions in Moving Forward Together into reality. Alongside industry action it will need support from government to ensure buses can help deliver on the Government’s environmental agenda and continue to connect people across the country.”

Graham and Alison also took the chance to speak to officials about the importance of coach travel and in particular ensuring that coach operators had access to funding to help them adapt vehicles for clean air zones.