Congestion is not just a drag on the economy, it kills.

Congestion is not just a drag on the economy, it kills.

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 15th June 2017 by Claire Haigh.

Greener Journeys has published new research which demonstrates that reducing congestion must be at the heart of Government’s strategy to improve air quality. Halving average city traffic speeds leads to a 50% increase in harmful NOx emissions.  While it is essential to clean up diesel vehicles, it is also crucial that the continual decline in…

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Improving Air Quality in Towns and Cities

Published on: 21st April 2017

The Government will announce its new clean air strategy imminently. In response to the successful High Court challenge it will be tougher and geographically more comprehensive than previous policies. This is justified. The evidence is compelling about the harm to people’s health and premature deaths from NOx emissions. There is an optimistic and a pessimistic…

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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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Reduce car use to meet emissions challenge

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 19th July 2016 by Claire Haigh.

The recent progress report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) makes for interesting reading. The good news is that that greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by an average of 4.5% in the past three years and are now 38% below 1990 levels. However, the less encouraging news is that this reduction in emissions has…

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Catch the Bus Week 2016

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 12th July 2016 by Claire Haigh.

Well, what a week that was! We are still recovering from our biggest and best Catch the Bus Week yet. Our fourth annual celebration of the bus, Catch the Bus week (#CTBW), saw support for the bus across the length and breadth of our country. Passenger groups, bus companies, local authorities, passengers and Members of…

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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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Bus travel: A resolution to stick to

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 21st January 2016

January is often the month for reflection and a resolution to do things differently. As a result of overindulgence during the festive period, many people make resolutions to make healthier eating choices or to do more exercise. An easy way to carry out more exercise on a daily basis is to embed it into your…

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Bus Priority: The London Perspective

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 14th September 2015 by Alex Phillips and David Field.

Bus patronage in London has witnessed significant growth over the last 15 years. In fact journeys have nearly doubled, driven by population growth, service quality improvements and fares policy. Today 6.5 million bus trips are made each weekday, or around 2.4 billion per year. Buses are the main mode of travel for a staggering 21…

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