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CPRE supports committee’s calls for a national bus strategy

A new report published today (22 May) by the Transport Committee calls for a national bus strategy, as it highlights that a lack of co-ordinated government policy and squeezed funding for local authorities is driving bus use into decline.

CPRE welcomes this new report, and supports the committee’s calls for a single strategy to tackle this issue, which is isolating rural communities and driving up car use and carbon emissions in the countryside.

As well as a coherent strategy, CPRE urges the government to heavily invest in rural bus services to enable communities to stay better connected, as well as making our countryside a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.

Daniel Carey-Dawes, Infrastructure Policy Manager at CPRE, said:

‘Everyone who lives, works in or visits our countryside knows all too well the vital role buses play in connecting communities. They also know, as this report spells out, that these services have seen significant cutbacks in recent years.

‘From younger people in need of transport to get to work or college, to those in later life with mobility issues or wanting to stay connected to friends and family, squeezed funding for buses makes our countryside less sustainable for everyone.

‘CPRE strongly supports the committee’s call for a national bus strategy. As we seek to reduce our carbon emissions and tackle rural isolation, it’s only right that the government establish a long term plan for the future of the nation’s most popular form of public transport.’

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