Buses are the most frequently used form of public transport. Day in and day out they link thousands of people up and down the country to jobs, schools and shops.
However, Government spending cuts are having a devastating effect on our vital bus services. Across the country vital buses are being axed by local authorities as they make financially agonising decisions of where to cut spending. The Save Our Buses campaign stands up for treasured local buses and defends them from damaging funding cuts. Routes and services across England and Wales are being lost and if we don't make a stand now, it will be too late.
Buses must be saved because:
- 64 per cent of jobseekers either have no access to a vehicle or cannot drive
- Young people are amongst the biggest users of bus services , whilst 40 per cent of people over 60 use the bus at least once a week
- Passenger cars produce nearly 60 per cent of all CO2 emissions from road transport in the UK, compared with just 5 per cent from buses
- If drivers switched just one in twenty five of their car journeys to bus or coach, it would mean one billion fewer car journeys per year
- Every £1 of public investment in buses provides between £3 and £5 of wider benefits
- Bus commuters generate £64 billion in economic output every year
In July 2014 we helped pteg to write and launch this brochure, Bus Priority Works. The brochure shows how well-planned bus priority schemes are good for all road users. It will help people on the ground respond to the attempts being made in various places to remove bus priority and downgrade the quality of bus services.