Bus operators across England are setting out a bold strategy to work with government to improve services, help tackle climate change and get a billion more passenger journeys by bus by 2030.
CPT has launched a new strategy document, Moving Forward Together, on behalf of its bus operator members which includes commitments to work with government to make every new bus an ultra-low or zero emission bus by 2025.
The strategy also proposes reducing travel costs for job seekers and apprentices by 2021, introducing price-capped daily and weekly tickets across multiple operators by 2022 in urban areas and working with government to develop innovative sustainable solutions to rural transport.
To support the industry, CPT is calling on the government to introduce a national bus strategy to help deliver better bus services across England, including addressing bus journey time targets for local transport authorities.
“Buses are already the cleanest form of road transport and have a crucial role to play in tackling environmental issues and helping to meet important targets on improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions,” says Graham Vidler, CPT chief executive. “With the right support from government to make the transition the bus industry will buy only ultra-low or zero emission buses by 2025, reducing CO2 emissions by half a million tonnes a year.
“We can do even more to tackle climate change and improve air quality by getting people out of their cars and onto the bus. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus, there would be a billion fewer car journeys and a saving of two million tonnes of CO2 a year.”
Buses minister Baroness Vere adds: “Buses link people with work, school, friends and family and are vital to helping drive down emissions by providing greener travel.
“That’s why this Government is spending an additional £200million on boosting bus services. This is on top of £250million already spent each year, as well as funding for a range of low-emission technologies across the sector.
“The Confederation of Passenger Transport’s strategy emphasises the importance of the bus industry and I look forward to working with them to continue to bolster bus services across the country.”