Bus chiefs warn route closures will hit the vulnerable
Firm tells MPs of need for national strategy to ease congestion and speed up journeys
A national bus strategy is urgently needed to bring an end to the closure of routes, many of which provide a vital community service and are crucial to easing congestion and reducing emissions, according to one of the country’s largest transport groups.
While the Department for Transport has clear strategies for rail, roads, aviation, cycling and walking, it does not have one for bus services, which play a “critical role in helping to boost economic growth – providing greater access to jobs and education, tackling air pollution and congestion, as well as addressing rising rates of loneliness and social exclusion”, says the Go-Ahead Group. It wants local authorities to be given targets for hitting bus journey times in a bid to get more people using buses, which account for six out of 10 of all public journeys.
Funding for local authority supported buses has halved in the last eight years
Source: Guardian Transport
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