Campaign for Better Transport - Articles and news items
Industry news • 14 October 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Campaign for Better Transport has given is backing to a bid that will see Transport for London (TfL) take over London’s suburban rail routes.
Industry news • 14 July 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Campaign for better Transport gives reaction on the appointment of Chris Grayling as the new Transport Secretary.
Industry news • 8 June 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The Government should consider broadening the way public transport is financed in the UK, including the introduction of workplace parking levies, says Campaign for Better Transport following new research published today.
Industry news • 13 April 2015 • Nick Jackson
Campaign for Better Transport have launched Bus Rescue Mission which aims to raise £5,000 to help local campaigners save their bus routes
Issue 2 2012 • 25 April 2012 • Stephen Joseph OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Better Transport
The ‘British experiment’ with public transport has been watched by many in Europe – some with envy, some with a kind of horrified fascination. Deregulation and privatisation of the public transport market has gone further than in any other country – buses outside London were completely deregulated in the 1980s, and the railways privatised in the 1990s.
The results have been – to put it kindly – mixed. Public transport subsidies were reduced, at least initially, and lots of new services arrived. It is also worth saying that rail freight has flourished in the new environment, and has grown even during the recession. But for urban public transport, the results have been very varied.
The railways have seen huge growth in patronage – more people are now travelling by train than at any time for nearly 100 years. Railway companies sometimes argue that this is down to their commercial flair – others argue that there are underlying economic reasons for this growth, with road congestion, high oil prices, planning laws and economic restructuring with more city centre develop – ment in financial services.
The cost of taking public transport keeps rising while the costs of driving and flying keep falling. A new approach is needed if we’re going to encourage people to make low carbon choices.
Government departments are gearing up for the challenge of tackling climate change. The Department for Transport is preparing for carbon budgets, with the Committee on Climate Change saying that surface transport must make a significant contribution to cutting emissions. There has never been a better time to rethink Government pricing policy.