Greener Journeys responds to Second Reading of the Bus Services Bill

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Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, commented:

“The introduction of the Bus Services Bill represents a significant shift in government priority, and demonstrates that the Government recognises the vital role that buses play in connecting people with work and jobs, keeping communities together and driving a reduction in urban congestion.

However, following the recent publication of our report “The Impact of Congestion on Bus Passengers” by Professor David Begg, Greener Journeys is calling for the inclusion of bus speed targets in the Bus Services Bill. The report found that congestion is causing average traffic speeds to fall to below 10mph in UK’s busiest cities, with bus passengers most seriously affected by the rise in overcrowding on the roads. Bus journey times across the UK are increasing at a rate of 10% every 10 years.

Greener Journeys recommends that the Bus Services Bill should set guidance encouraging local authorities and bus operators to set targets for average bus speeds. With rising congestion damaging the bus sector, a provision for bus speed targets within the Bus Services Bill would ensure that this vital lifeline for communities up and down the country is protected.”

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Peter Shipp

Fully agree. A quick look through the Bill suggests that with ‘enhanced partnerships’ all the emphasis is on requirements for bus operators – few if any requirements on LA’s to help by, for example, traffic management and bus priority and infrastructure measures. In other words most if not all the responsibilities (and revenue risk) would lie with the bus operators and little if any with the LA’s

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