Maximising the benefits of local bus services

Published on: 28th July 2020

In February 2020 Department for Transport (DfT) announced £5 billion of new funding for bus services and cycling.  £2 billion has been allocated to active travel and £3 billion to bus travel.  Of the £3 billion of new funding for buses, DfT has suggested an initial allocation of funding £1 billion to support investment in…

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Economy cannot restart without public transport

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020

£2 billion bus investment would generate 425 million new bus journeys per year. Every £1 of bus investment would deliver £4.48 of wider benefits to society. From 1st August Government should encourage people to use public transport. Research commissioned by Greener Journeys demonstrates that investing in bus would deliver a significant boost to the economy.…

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A green recovery must have public transport at its heart

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 17th June 2020 by Claire Haigh.

We have had a glimpse of a world with clean air, but it is fading fast. The lockdown emptied the roads, cleared the skies and precipitated a 60% drop in nitrogen dioxide levels. However, as economies restart, global emissions have already bounced back to just 5% below pre-pandemic daily levels. And now as Government urges…

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It’s time for an honest conversation

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 22nd May 2020 by Claire Haigh.

Net Zero: How We Stop Causing Climate Change by Dieter Helm is a must read for anyone serious about tackling climate change. It blows apart the myths and self-delusions that block us from seeing clearly. With laser like precision it presents a clear diagnosis of the problem and sets out a prospectus for change that…

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Ending fuel duty freeze could treble NHS budget for doctors and nurses

Published on: 10th March 2020

Ending fuel duty freeze would raise enough revenue over current Parliament to treble NHS budget for doctors and nurses for one year. Freeze in fuel duty since 2011 has cost the Exchequer more than £50 billion Freeze has triggered an extra 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions Ending the freeze in fuel duty would…

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Flooding after storm Dennis

What future do we want?

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 21st February 2020 by Claire Haigh.

We were told decades ago to expect this. Ciara, and in quick succession Dennis, have wreaked havoc and devastation to thousands of homes and livelihoods. Tragically the death toll from these extreme weather events continues to rise, and we are warned it’s not over yet. Storm Ellen is on the way. A changing climate is…

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Begin with the end in mind

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 20th January 2020 by Claire Haigh.

There is a lot riding on COP26. The last decade was the hottest on record. Global greenhouse gas emissions need to fall by 7.6% every year to 2030, but there is no sign even of emissions peaking in the next few years. As host nation UK is under heightened pressure to demonstrate credible and consistent…

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Decarbonising Transport

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 8th November 2019 by Claire Haigh.

Pressure to deliver a credible plan for net zero will weigh heavily on whoever is in Number 10 on the 13th December. Heightened levels of public concern about climate change will be in even sharper focus next year when the UK hosts COP26. Let’s start by acknowledging the scale of the challenge. If we are…

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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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