CPRE campaigning for rural buses in every community

07/04/2021

CPRE, the countryside charity, is to petition the Secretary of State for Transport, asking for reliable bus service for every rural community.

The charity believes that the lack of bus services leads to a loss of independence and a sense of isolation for many people living in rural areas.   The benefits of more buses are seen as:

  • Less traffic and air pollution
  • Better access to local green space for everyone
  • More spending on our local high streets
  • Access to training and jobs for everyone
  • A ticket out of loneliness and isolation for our friends and family. 

The petition follows the publication of its National Bus Strategy proposing simpler fare structures, more new buses, improved routes and higher frequencies.

'Bus Back Better' sets out the vision and opportunity to deliver better bus services for passengers across England, through 'ambitious and far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered'.  

The Department for Transport is also awarding English local authorities funding for 17 successful proposals under the rural mobility fund to trial on-demand bus services in their areas.

The link below is to the relevant page on the CPRE website where the petition can be electronically signed:

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