David Drew MP: Why I'm backing a National Bus Strategy

David Drew MP: Why I'm backing a National Bus Strategy

Today I showed my support for local bus services by backing calls for a National Bus Strategy at a House of Commons event hosted by the Campaign for Better Transport.

Along with some of my fellow MPs, I’m calling on the government to introduce a national strategy to support local buses. The advantages are clear - a better bus service would cut air pollution, tackle isolation and help drive economic growth.

Buses are vital to so many people in rural constituencies such as Stroud. Here we use them to connect us to work, school, shops, services, friends and family. A good quality bus service can reduce congestion on our roads, clean up our air and help us to meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets.

But for this to work, we need a National Bus Strategy, backed by central government, to give operators and local authorities the long-term reassurance they need to grow and develop services.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Buses are the backbone of our public transport network and communities across the country rely on them. We’ve seen today that MPs up and down the country agree on the need for a National Bus Strategy; we welcome their support for this issue which is important to so many people.”

As the most used form of public transport - three in every five journeys are made by bus - a National Bus Strategy would make sure the government focuses on protecting and improving bus services across the country with adequate funding and support.

For further information please contact the Campaign for Better Transport: 020 3746 2235 / communications@bettertransport.org.uk

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