Transport charity and bus operators set out priorities for the next government 11/11/2019
The bus industry and Campaign for Better Transport have joined forces to set out their priorities for the next government in a new document launched today.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents bus operators across the UK and Campaign for Better Transport, which campaigns for all communities to have access to high quality sustainable transport, have called on the next government to put policies designed to get more people onto the bus at the centre of their policy making.
Buses carry more people than all other forms of public transport combined and by investing bus the next government has the opportunity to better connect people in cities, towns and villages with work, education and family and friends. A focus on bus will also enable the industry and local authority partners to lead the way on the road to zero emissions and improve air quality in our towns and cities.
CPT’s and Campaign for Better Transport’s priorities for government include:
- Delivering a national bus strategy that has tackling congestion and providing more reliable journey times at its core.
- Introducing a long term funding settlement so operators can invest with confidence in zero emission buses, multi operator daily and weekly price capped ticketing and reduced travel costs for job seekers and apprentices.
- Making passenger journeys faster and more reliable through ensuring bus-first policies feature in bids for local infrastructure funding.
CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said: “As parties hit the campaign trail in earnest we want to hear them talking about their plans for buses and the millions of people who use them each day. The bus industry has led the way by setting out plans for more ultra-low and zero emission buses, simpler ticketing and discounted travel for job seekers and apprentices and we need the next government to work with us to deliver these and help many more people choose to use the bus.”