Campaign for Better Transport - Articles and news items

New website launched dedicated to supporting local buses

Industry news  •  16 June 2017  •  Eurotransport

A website has been launched to support the issue of using local buses, designed for the general public to go to as a source of information.

Government publishes its Air Quality plan for consultation

Industry news  •  5 May 2017  •  Eurotransport

The government has published a draft plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK.

Campaign group supports TfL bid to manage London’s suburban rail routes

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.

Campaign for Better Transport comments on appointment of the new Transport Secretary

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.

Workplace parking levies – an alternative to financing public transport?

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.

Campaign for Better Transport launch Bus Rescue Mission campaign

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

Sustainability supplement 2013

Issue 5 2013, Supplements  •  12 November 2013  •  Claire Haigh, Mike Weston, Martin Abrams, Alain Flausch

The bus – a route map for green growth
Red buses going green for London
Tackling transport isolation
Working together for sustainable public transport growth

Gathering widespread support for better public transport

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.

Transportation costs and the impact on the environment

Issue 1 2009, Past issues  •  30 March 2009  •  Catt Hobbs, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport

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.