Get the bus and talk more!

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 28th June 2019 by Claire Haigh.

Get the bus and talk more! Claire Haigh, Chief Executive Greener Journeys That the UK is suffering from a loneliness epidemic is beyond doubt. Two thirds of us admit to at least sometimes feeling lonely[i], and more than nine million adults in the UK are always or often lonely[ii]. 13% of people in the UK…

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A long-term investment strategy for bus

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 5th July 2018 by Claire Haigh.

As we celebrate Catch the Bus Week, a new report warns that buses are in crisis, with local councils cutting more than 3,000 bus routes over the past eight years. With further cuts on the horizon, Claire Haigh, the Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, argues that a long-term investment strategy for buses is needed to…

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Sustainable transport: The key to unlocking the benefits of new housing

Published on: 22nd May 2018

This report explores the relationship between sustainable transport and housing, and the corresponding impacts on the economy and society. This work was funded by Greener Journeys in partnership with the Department for Transport and independently undertaken by KPMG. We need to build approximately 300,000 new homes per year for the foreseeable future to abate the…

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The ‘true value’ of local bus services

Published on: 3rd July 2017

The report, The ‘true value’ of local bus services, was compiled by KPMG LLP for Greener Journeys. It provides a summary of updated ‘value for money’ appraisals for: bus priority measures; concessionary travel for older and disabled people; concessionary travel for apprentices; tax incentives for commuters; and the Bus Services Operators Grant.

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A Green Bus For Every Journey

Published on: 10th November 2016

A wide range of technology solutions are revolutionising the operation of buses across the UK. With almost 4,000 ‘green’, low emission buses currently in operation, no single technology will fit every route and nor will a specific route fit every technology, but with the unrivalled number of clean bus options now available to the UK…

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A study of the value of local bus services to society

Published on: 24th October 2016

Building successful and sustainable communities Building successful and sustainable communities requires the pursuit of policies attuned to economic, social and environmental objectives. This is especially true for transport policy and investment decisions which require a balanced approach to delivering economic prosperity, supporting social inclusion and protecting the natural environment. Whilst much has been done over…

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The Value of the Bus to Society

Published on: 24th October 2016

We know that policy is not about economic value alone. Because life isn’t just about the pound in your pocket, or savings to the Exchequer. And policy should not just be made on economic arguments alone, however strong they may be. Policy must deliver on a range of social factors as well. Does it reduce…

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Bus not in service

Bus usage is on the decline – what can be done?

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 15th June 2016 by Claire Haigh.

The number of bus journeys across England is on the decline and looks set to fall even further. New figures from the Department for Transport, out yesterday, paint a worrying picture. In the last year, the number of bus journeys in England, both inside and outside of London has fallen. In total there were 118…

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Air quality has shot up the agenda

To tackle poor air quality, we need to talk about modal shift

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 2nd February 2016 by Claire Haigh.

Air quality has shot up the agenda. It is estimated that poor air quality may cause 29,000 early deaths a year, and transport has been identified as a major contributor. Government is rightly focused on the issue, as recent announcements on the Clean Air Zones and Clean Bus Technology Fund demonstrate. But why has there…

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KPMG Report

KPMG Report: Buses, devolution and the growth agenda: A guide to investing in local bus infrastructure

Published on: 12th February 2015

To help guide local decision makers on decisions related to bus infrastructure funding, Greener Journeys commissioned KPMG LLP to develop a new guide to help harness buses’ potential to boost economic growth, create jobs and strengthen communities. Drawing on expertise from 60 expert stakeholders, this guide sets out eight policy recommendations to improve local bus…

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