Moving forward together: CPT launches clean bus strategy in UK

Moving forward together: CPT launches clean bus strategy in UK

A new strategy to improve bus services in the UK and tackle climate change through ultra-low or zero emission transport has been launched by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

Titled Moving Forward Together, the strategy essentially sees bus operators across England are setting out a bold plan to work with government to improve services, help tackle climate change and get a billion more passenger journeys by bus by 2030.

It includes new commitments from the industry, including a pledge to work with government to make every new bus an ultra-low or zero emission bus from 2025.

Additional commitments in the strategy include 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.

The CPT is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators in the UK, and very much the voice for bus and coach operators across the region, representing over 95% of the bus industry including the major operators Arriva, First Group, Go Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach, as well as hundreds of smaller operators.

Alongside the industry’s commitments, CPT is calling on the Government to introduce a national bus strategy to help deliver better bus services across England. This would include bus journey time targets for local transport authorities, speeding up millions of journeys to work, school and leisure and encouraging more people to get on the bus.

“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”

“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”

Graham Vidler, CPT Chief Executive said, “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.”

“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 [carbon dioxide] emissions by half a million tonnes a year.”

Analysis for the strategy shows that buses are a vital part of the UK’s infrastructure, with passengers generating £64bn of economic output annually. Each person takes around 50 bus trips per year and 60% of all public transport journeys are taken by bus. Every day, over two million people all over the country travel to work by bus, and a million more to school or college.

Vidler continued, “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.”

“Better bus services are the key to shifting travel habits and growing the significant economic contribution the industry makes. We know that congestion remains the biggest barrier to increasing passenger numbers in towns and cities and that many rural communities feel current bus services don’t meet their needs. We’ll continue to invest in better buses with better facilities and simpler ticketing. We need government to incentivise local authorities to cut congestion and work with us to examine new ways of delivering transport services that work for more isolated communities”.

Buses Minister, Baroness Vere described the role of buses in linking people with work, school, friends and family and in driving down emissions if greener travel options are available, commenting, “That’s why this Government is spending an additional £200m on boosting bus services. This is on top of £250m 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.”


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