10 point Bus Manifesto relaunched ahead of General Election

10 point Bus Manifesto relaunched ahead of General Election

With the General Election looming, Bus Users UK is re-issuing its 10 point Manifesto and calling on the next Government to recognise Britain’s buses as a transport lifeline.

Two thirds of public transport journeys are made by bus and millions of people rely on them to access work, education, health services, shops, friends and family. They also reduce congestion and pollution and contribute to local economies, yet buses are increasingly under-funded and consistently overlooked by policy makers.

Bus Users’ Manifesto was originally launched ahead the last General Election, but according to Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users, the situation for UK buses is reaching crisis point: “Since we first launched our Manifesto there have been significant changes in central and local government and within the Department for Transport, and last month the long-awaited Bus Services Act was finally passed by Parliament.

“Yet between 2016/17 funding for buses was cut by £30million and over 500 bus routes were reduced or cut completely*. Without buses people can’t access work, education, training or essential services, and in the long-term this will cost central and local government far more than they save.”

Bus Users believes investment in buses will reduce the pressure on social care, boost local economies and enhance social cohesion. Their 10 point Manifesto calls for:

  1. Enhanced bus priority measures in town and city centres to improve reliability and journey times, encouraging people out of their cars and onto the bus
  2. Accessible stopping points with better facilities and enhanced passenger information, positioned closer to shopping and business centres to boost local economies
  3. Fully funded concessions made available to unemployed people and those on low incomes to open up better life chances
  4. Widespread on-board facilities such as audio visual information, phone charging and Wi-Fi
  5. Better timetable coordination with schools, colleges and employment
  6. Improved integration across all transport modes
  7. Mandatory driver training to improve awareness of issues relating to mobility, disability and mental health and improve communication skills with passengers
  8. Measures to improve the passenger experience, encouraging a consistent and reliable service offer to help encourage more sustainable travel choices
  9. More late and weekend services to reflect changing working patterns, particularly among low paid and entry level jobs
  10. A simplified fares system across all modes to support passengers and remove barriers to travel.

Above all, Bus Users wants to see buses given the resources and the recognition they deserve as the UK’s most accessible and widely used form of public transport.

*Source Buses in Crisis report, Campaign for Better Transport

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