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The bus is the UK’s main form of public transport. With the right levels of investment and funding support, it has the potential to play a bigger role in cutting congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution.

Find out more about how bus services are provided now, the case for both reform and for the bus to receive a bigger slice of transport spending.

How we work on bus

 

Jonathan Bray, our Director, is the lead staff member for the Urban Transport Group's work on bus.

There are two groups within our Professional Network working on bus: Bus Operations group and Bus Strategy group.

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Report

Future Streets: Challenges and opportunities

Streets are often the most contested spaces in any town or city. There are a large number and wide variety of calls on street space (at least 160 legitimate calls), and they simply can’t all be met. This report seeks to help local highway and strategic transport authorities rise to the challenge of better street and kerbside management.
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The Good Life: The role of transport in shaping a new and sustainable era for suburbs

We are a nation of suburbanites. However, the ubiquity of suburban living is often not reflected in transport policy. And there can be no decarbonisation of transport without specific measures to decarbonise transport in the suburbs. This report presents four foundations of suburbs for a new era – one which offers all suburbanites the promise of the ‘Good Life’ whilst addressing the climate crisis.
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Strategic analysis of current bus safety issues

This report from the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University reviews the regulatory framework for bus safety in England outside London and makes comparisons with the safety regime in place both elsewhere and for other modes.
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Continuing COVID Funding Support for Urban Public Transport

This report finds that if Government’s Covid-related financial support to urban public transport outside London ends (in March 2022), buses would soon be less frequent and more expensive, and patronage would be substantially lower than pre-Covid levels, potentially up to 30% lower.
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Back the Bus to Level Up

This report makes the case for bus revenue funding and reform of how it is provided. It aims to arrive at a realistic assessment of the revenue funding that will be needed to support the ambitious transformation in bus services envisaged by the National Bus Strategy.
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What scope for boosting bus use? An analysis of the Intrinsic Bus Potential of local authority areas in England

This research, by Transport for Quality of Lifeidentifies the underlying conditions that best predict levels of bus use in local areas. It points to six conditions which, when combined, are used to define the ‘Intrinsic Bus Potential’ (IBP) of a local authority area.

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What next for urban transport?

This report - published to coincide with the 2019 Autumn Party Conferences - identifies four urban transport challenges and four solutions needed to overcome them.

It also details what transport authorities need from Government to bring about these changes. 

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Number crunch 2019: Urban transport trends in changing times

This is the second in our Number crunch report series and provides an updated overview of the key trends over the last ten years, as well as taking a look at what the new and most recent data is telling us.

We are living in rapidly changing times. Big shifts are taking place in urban transport trends.

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How people respond to the experience of bus travel and the implications for the future of bus services

This literature review - carried out by SYSTRA for the Urban Transport Group - aims to appraise the existing evidence base on the range of factors that influence how people respond to the experience of bus travel, with a focus on the social-emotional experience of bus travel and on the experiences of different socio-demographic groups.

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The cross-sector benefits of backing the bus

This report highlights how investing in bus services is key to achieving a wide range of policy objectives across Government. 

The report also finds that the way in which bus services are funded is mired in complexity, with no oversight within Whitehall of how the various funding streams from different Government departments impact on bus services overall.

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Policy futures for urban transport

The latest edition of Policy futures for urban transport emphasises how a new deal on funding and powers is essential to keep the UK's cities moving forward.

The report sets out the 10 key policy changes that are needed to make cities healthier, fairer and more prosperous.

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Policy Futures

Policy futures for urban transport sets out how, with more focused governance in place, the city regions are delivering major investment programmes including on public transport, highways and active travel, and smart ticketing. The report says that - with the right national policy framework - further and faster progress can be made, including:

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The Scandinavian way to better public transport

‘The Scandinavian Way to Better Public Transport’ shows how transport authorities in three Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark and Norway) are using devolved powers to transform public transport for the better - and sets out the lessons that the UK could learn.

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Total Transport: a better approach to commissioning non-emergency patient transport?

‘Total Transport’ schemes pool resources and vehicle fleets from across the public sector which are currently used to provide separate mainstream, social services, education and healthcare transport provision. Through pooling and coordination a better overall service can be provided at less cost to the taxpayer.

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Devolution, Integration and Franchising: Local Public Transport in the Netherlands

This report provides an overview of how local public transport has been devolved in the Netherlands in a way that still maintains a national integrated public transport network. It also analyses the different approaches that have been taken to the franchising of local public transport networks and the lessons that can be learned.

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Horizon scan of implications of technological and social change

This report aims to provide decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond. 

The report (which was produced in collaboration with Arup Foresight) identifies four key overarching trends: 

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Ticket to Thrive: The role of urban public transport in tackling unemployment

This report reveals the vital role of public transport, and the bus in particular, in enabling people to find and sustain employment. Some 77% of jobseekers in British cities outside London do not have regular access to a car, van or motorbike and can face significant barriers to work as a result.

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Oxford SmartZone

In 2011, the two main bus operators in the city of Oxford introduced an inter-operable smart ticketing system known as the SmartZone. Meanwhile, many other parts of the country have faced significant challenges in attempting to introduce inter-operable smart ticketing in deregulated bus markets.

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Issues with DfT Concessionary Reimbursement Guidance

This paper was produced by Andrew Last, for pteg, between December 2013 and May 2014, and its purpose is two-fold: - To serve as a background resource for PTE officers by providing an overview of current reimbursement guidance and its genesis; - To identify and document a number of issues with the current DfT Concessionary reimbursement guidance, thereby supporting

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Changing Highways Policy

This report to pteg by Atkins focuses on the most important recent and forthcoming changes to highways policy and the implications of these for Metropolitan areas, including in respect of air quality, carbon emissions, technology, the Strategic Road Network, road maintenance, road safety, planning, freight, management of road space and parking policy.

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LSTF Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance - Final Report

Building on the work of the Department for Transport, pteg commissioned AECOM to prepare additional guidance for PTEs and other Local Transport Authorities to assist in the monitoring and evaluation of Local Sustainable Transport Fund projects. The guidance provides a practical approach to developing cost effective and affordable monitoring and evaluation programmes.

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Total Transport - Working across sectors to achieve better outcomes

This report highlights the essential role of public transport, walking and cycling in achieving key health, social care and employment policy goals. It warns that this contribution could be put at risk unless there is more focus on collaborative, cross-sector funding and delivery of transport interventions.

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Guidance for the safe design and operation of bus stations and interchanges

This guidance has been drafted by industry and government stakeholders to assist anyone responsible for health and safety in a bus or coach station. The group identified key hazards and risk associated with the operation and design of bus stations, and provides practical advice on how they can be managed effectively.

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New approach needed to take the conflict out of the streets of the future, urges report

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There are at least 160 legitimate calls on street space and they cannot all be met. A new report from Urban Movement for the Urban Transport Group calls for a fresh approach to remove the conflict from the competing demands for street space.

Urban Transport Group responds to Government bus funding announcement

Buses in Oxford
The Urban Transport Group has today responded to the Government's announcement on extending bus funding support.

Transport has key role in shaping sustainable suburbs in post-COVID era, report finds

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Transport has a key role to play in shaping a new and sustainable era for the suburbs, a new report from the Urban Transport Group says.

Queen’s Speech: Transport Bill is opportunity to extend benefits of local control of transport

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The Urban Transport Group has today responded to the Queen's Speech.

Urban Transport Authorities respond to DfT funding announcement

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Responding to today's DfT's funding announcement Chair of the Urban Transport Group, Laura Shoaf, said...

Urban Transport Group welcomes Government’s extension of COVID funding for public transport

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The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the announcement that Government will extend its COVID funding support for local transport for a further six months.

Nearly one in three urban bus trips – some 300 million journeys - could be lost without further financial support from Government, report warns

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The number of bus passengers in city regions outside London could be up to 30% lower than before the pandemic – a “similar magnitude” to the direct impact which COVID-19 itself has had on demand - if the Government does not extend its financial support for the bus. 

New report makes case for spending review to back the bus

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A new report by the Urban Transport Group has shown that the Spending Review will need to make significantly more funding available for bus if the aspirations of the national bus strategy, and the Government’s wider levelling up agenda, are to be to met.

The biggest job in UK urban transport: TfL Commissioner to speak about leading through a global crisis and towards a green and just recovery

Andy Byford
Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford will be in conversation with Jo Field, Chief Executive of JFG Communications and President of Women in Transport for the seventh in the Urban Transport Next series of events, hosted by Urban Transport Group.

Urban Transport Group welcomes national bus strategy's “positive and ambitious vision for the future”

Bus Manchester
The Urban Transport Group, the network of UK transport authorities (which serve the areas where the vast majority of bus trips are made), has today welcomed the national bus strategy.

New report to review regulation of bus safety, commissioned by Urban Transport Group

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The strengths and weaknesses of the current system of oversight and regulation of bus safety are to be analysed by the Urban Transport Group in a new report.

Urban Transport Group launches new model to help predict bus use during and after COVID-19 pandemic

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The Urban Transport Group has today launched the most sophisticated tool currently available for modelling bus use in city regions.

City regions must be “at the heart” of Government’s Green Industrial Revolution

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The Urban Transport Group, the UK’s network of city region transport authorities, has today responded to the Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

Transport Authorities respond to CPT bus funding proposals

Bus in West Yorkshire
Responding to the CPT’s document on bus recovery partnerships which was published today, Urban Transport Group Director, Jonathan Bray said...

Report paints stark picture for future of bus and tram services without continued Government COVID-19 support

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The future of local public transport services is at serious risk - including the potential for deep cuts to bus services and the temporary closure of light rail systems - without continued COVID-19 financial support from Government, according to a new report. 

Empower urban transport authorities to build back better from COVID-19, urges report

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Transport authorities can play their part in shaping a positive legacy of COVID-19 for the UK’s city regions, provided they are given both the funding and powers they need to respond to the challenges that lie ahead.

City regions respond to Government’s COVID-19 funding for urban public transport

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The Urban Transport Group, the UK’s network of city region transport authorities, has today responded to the Government’s package of financial support for urban public transport as it works to keep people moving through the COVID-19 crisis.

Urban Transport Group commissions new city region bus planning tool

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The Urban Transport Group has commissioned a new and improved model to help city regions plan the future of their bus networks through forecasting how factors such as population, employment, car ownership, service levels, fares and public funding will drive bus patronage over the next decade. 

Research uncovers valuable insights into how bus passengers spend their time

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New research has uncovered valuable insights into how passengers spend their time while travelling by bus, and sets out the implications for future bus design and promotion.

Groundbreaking research identifies factors behind high bus use

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Groundbreaking new research has identified the underlying conditions that best predict levels of bus use in local areas, as well as additional factors which may explain why some areas exceed expectations with higher levels of bus use than predicted.

Urban Transport Group responds to Chancellor’s party conference speech on buses

Sajid Javid
The Urban Transport Group has today responded to a speech made by the Chancellor in which he described buses as the “backbone of our public transport in most of the country.”

Critical challenges and solutions to improving transport in city regions identified ahead of party conferences

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The challenges to improving transport in the UK’s city regions and the solutions needed to overcome them have been set out by the Urban Transport Group today.

Urban Transport Group welcomes Prime Minister’s pledge to support city regions in taking back control over their bus services

Cycling in Manchester
The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment in his speech at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry this weekend that he will “begin as a matter of urgency the transformation of local bus services”.

Changing travel habits in UK’s cities revealed in new data report

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Fewer commutes per person, reduced car use in major urban centres and rapidly falling bus patronage – these are just some of the transport trends taking place in the UK’s biggest cities and city regions, as identified in the Urban Transport Group’s latest data report.

Research sheds light on how gut feelings towards buses affect people’s travel decisions

Bus passengers
A new review which takes an in-depth look at the available research into how people feel about the experience of travelling by bus has been published today by the Urban Transport Group, as part of its ongoing research programme into the reasons behind changes in bus patronage.

MPs are right to call for urgent action to tackle bus decline, says Urban Transport Group

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MPs on the Transport Select Committee are “absolutely right” to call for urgent action to tackle bus decline in their new report into the health of the bus market in England.

National Infrastructure Commission is right to make devolved transport funding for cities a key test for Government’s future infrastructure plan

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The National Infrastructure Commission’s call for Government to make devolved funding for urban transport to cities a key test of the Government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy is hugely welcome, says the Urban Transport Group.

Supporting bus services key to achieving policy goals of Government departments, report shows

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Investing in bus services is key to achieving a wide range of policy objectives across Government, a new report from the Urban Transport Group has shown.

Urban Transport Group strengthened as Northern Ireland’s public transport provider joins up

Jonathan Bray with Translink staff
Membership of the Urban Transport Group has received a significant boost today as Translink, Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider, has joined as an Associate Member.

South Yorkshire transport chief is new Chair of Urban Transport Group

Stephen Edwards
Stephen Edwards, the Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), is the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group.

Urban Transport Group launches new analysis - and research programme - into causes of bus patronage decline

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The Urban Transport Group has today published initial analysis of the causes behind the decline in bus patronage.

‘Transit oriented development’ can help meet housing demand and reduce car-based urban sprawl, says report

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Placing transport at the heart of new building developments will help the UK to meet its demand for new homes and prevent car-based urban sprawl, a report from the Urban Transport Group says today.

Leading urban transport data tool relaunches with expansive range of new statistics

Data Hub on laptop
The country’s leading online tool for transport data in cities has been relaunched today to include an even wider range of transport-related statistics, such as congestion, road safety and satisfaction.

Transport crucial to achieving Government’s ‘Prevention is better than cure’ vision

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The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care’s ‘Prevention is better than cure’ vision, whilst also highlighting the crucial role that transport will play in achieving it.

Transport key to ‘putting towns back on the map’, says report

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Transport has a key role to play in helping the UK’s post-industrial towns to thrive – putting them firmly back on the map, a report by the Urban Transport Group finds today.

Urban Transport Group sets out concerns over new Scottish buses legislation

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The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the intent of new legislation to reform bus services in Scotland but has warned that changes need to be made if the legislation is to be workable in practice. 

Urban Transport Group concerned over funding & quality controls for Government’s bus open data & audio visual information plans

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The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the Government’s intention to open up data on bus services and to ensure the provision of audio visual information for bus passengers - but said it has major concerns about how the plan is to be funded and implemented at a time when local government funding is being cut.

New deal on funding and powers essential to keep cities moving forward, stresses Urban Transport Group

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Further devolution of rail services, greater funding for buses and reform of taxi and Private Hire Vehicle legislation – these are just three parts of a new deal on funding and powers that is required to keep the UK’s cities moving forward.

Bus partnership website relaunched

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The website www.buspartnership.com - which contains a series of signed local bus partnership agreements between operators and transport authorities - has been relaunched to help prevent ‘wheel reinvention’.

Dramatic shifts in transport trends of UK cities, revealed in new report

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Ageing urban populations, rapid bus passenger decline and huge growth in private hire vehicles are just some of the dramatic shifts taking place in UK cities, a new report from the Urban Transport Group reveals today.

Urban Transport Group responds to ‘deeply worrying’ bus figures

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The Urban Transport Group has today responded to the latest statistics on bus patronage released by the Department for Transport.

Case made for continuing focus on investment and devolution at Urban Transport Group parliamentary reception

Tobyn Hughes speaking to Andy MacDonald MP
At a reception attended by more than 100 parliamentarians and key players in the urban transport debate Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus and chair of the Urban Transport Group said that urban transport is the beating heart of successful cities, and to ensure city regions continue to thrive they need to have more power over their own destiny.

Franchising ‘masterclass’ shows how to get better bus services from new buses legislation

Tristen Dodd, Director of Transport Policy, States of Jersey (left) makes a point at the UTG bus franchising masterclass
With new buses legislation now in place, the potential benefits of bus service franchising for local transport authorities were outlined at a conference organised by the Urban Transport Group and industry partners in London.

New report finds NHS missing opportunity to save millions on costs of getting people to hospital

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- Calls for NHS to get more involved in ‘Total Transport’ schemes - 

A new joint report from an alliance of local transport authorities and the Community Transport Association has identified the potential for massive savings for the NHS through reducing the cost of getting people to hospital.  

UTG welcomes all party support for new bus powers

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The Urban Transport Group today welcomed backing for the Government's new buses legislation from the all-party House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

UK's largest urban transport authorities set out vision for future of transport in the city regions

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Following on from the EU referendum, the formation of a new Government and with the start of the party conference season, the Urban Transport Group has set out a vision for how UK transport policy could unfold in a way that will enable the nation’s largest urban areas to deliver inclusive growth in a smart and sustainable way.

Urban Transport Group responds to CMA on Bus Services Bill

Buses in Liverpool
Responding to the CMA’s call for additional hurdles in the Bus Services Bill to be introduced for franchising proposals  Dr Jon Lamonte, Chair of the Urban Transport Group, said...

Urban Transport Group welcomes Bus Services Bill

Bus in Manchester
Frank Rogers, who leads for Urban Transport Group on buses, said...

New ‘Horizon Scan’ report sets out how forward thinking cities can respond to rapid technological and social change

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A new report from pteg aims to provide city decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond. 

pteg responds to Nexus QC Board report

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David Brown (Director General of Merseytravel) leads on buses issues for pteg.

Give jobseekers a ‘ticket to thrive’: new report shows key role of public transport in tackling unemployment

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A new report from pteg has revealed the vital role of public transport, and the bus in particular, in enabling people to find and sustain employment.

Transport Committees respond to Stagecoach chief's attack on older persons bus pass

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Cllr James Lewis, who chairs the group of six transport committees serving the six largest city regions outside London, said:

City Region Transport Chairs respond to Operators' Smart Ticketing Statement

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Cllr James Lewis, Chair of the group of six Transport Committees serving eleven million people in England’s largest city regions, said...

City Region Transport Committees welcome Miliband backing for new bus powers

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Councillor James Lewis, Chair of the group of six Transport Committees serving eleven million people in England’s largest city regions, welcomed today’s pledge by Ed Miliband to give transport authorities the powers they need to introduce London-style bus regulation.

Councillor Lewis said:

Transport Committees welcome Mary Creagh’s backing for London-style buses for the city regions

Mary Creagh meeting, Leeds 27 October 2014. Pictured (L-R): Cllr Andrew Fender (Greater Manchester); Mary Creagh MP; Cllr Frank Lott (North East Combined Authority); Cllr James Lewis (West Yorkshire); Cllr Bill Mordue (South Yorkshire); Cllr Liam Robinson (Merseyside).

Chairs of the Transport Committees in England’s largest city regions today welcomed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Mary Creagh’s backing for plans to introduce London-style regulated bus services. Following a meeting in Leeds yesterday (27/10/14) between the group and Mary Creagh, the Chair of the group, Councillor James Lewis, of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:

pteg welcomes Transport Select Committee on passenger transport in isolated communities

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pteg has welcomed today’s Select Committee report, and in particular the report’s backing for a major trial of ‘Total Transport’ which would pool currently separate funding flows and vehicle fleets across public transport, healthcare, education and social services.

New report shows bus key to achieving the policy goals of half of all Government departments across Whitehall

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A report published today by pteg finds that the bus is key to achieving 46 policy goals of 12 of the 24 Departments across Whitehall including the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Treasury, Department of Health, Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Case for bus priority goes up a gear

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pteg, CPT, TfL, Greener Journeys and CBT have come together to jointly promote a new brochure setting out the case for bus priority schemes in a non-technical and compelling way.

New report says regulatory system for bus punctuality is 'opaque and dysfunctional'

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A new report, published today by pteg, calls for major reforms of the way in which bus punctuality is monitored and improved.

pteg responds to Campaign for Better Transport buses report

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Commenting on today's Campaign for Better Transport report on bus cuts ‘Buses in Crisis: A report on bus funding across England and Wales’, pteg Support Unit Director,  Jonathan Bray said:

Strong case for the urban bus made at Westminster event

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More than 65 MPs, bus industry leaders, councillors, think tanks and civil servants met today at a pteg event on ‘The Case for the Urban Bus: Getting on Board for Growth’ to discuss the key role that the bus plays in supporting the UK’s urban economies and how the Spending Review could give the bus a better deal.

Major new report shows the urban bus is 'exceptional value for the taxpayer'

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In the most detailed evaluation yet of the full benefits of the urban bus a major new pteg report shows that investing in the urban bus represents ‘exceptional value for money for the taxpayer’ providing multiple and overlapping economic, transport, social and health benefits.

Warning over concessionary travel 'timebomb'

Passengers on a bus in South Yorkshire
The leaders of the six largest urban transport authorities outside London today warned the national free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people is a financial ‘timebomb’ as the costs of the scheme rise and Government funding for it falls.

pteg responds to DfT bus subsidy plans

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David Brown, who leads on bus issues for pteg, said...

Urban transport authorities welcome MPs’ bus report

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Responding to today’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on competition in the local bus market, David Brown, who leads for pteg on bus issues, said:

Breakthrough on devolution of bus funding

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England's big city transport authorities today welcomed Norman Baker's decision to begin a process of devolving bus subsidies to local transport authorities.

Young people meet with Minister on how to make buses better

Young people outside Parliament at guide launch

Seven young campaigners aged 16 to 19 years old from the British Youth Council (BYC) and National Children’s Bureau (NCB) met with Norman Baker MP, Minister for Transport, in Westminster yesterday (Tuesday 6th March) to discuss how bus services could be improved for young people.

Transport Authorities welcome bus passenger priorities research

Female bus passenger in Tyne and Wear
pteg today welcomed the release of new Passenger Focus research which shows what bus passengers like, and don’t like about their bus journeys, in a bid to get the best deal for people on the ground.

Disappointment over Competition Commission's moves to promote bus wars

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Reacting to the Competition Commission’s report on the bus industry pteg expressed disappointment that the Competition Commission (CC) has chosen to take a strong ideological line based on promoting bus wars in Britain’s busiest cities, ignoring passengers’ clear preference for integrated urban public transport with smart, simple ticketing.

Competition Commission 'brushing aside' own evidence on market fixing

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In its formal response to the CC's recent revelations on the scale of market fixing by major operators in the North East, pteg has criticised the CC for 'brushing aside' their own findings to leave a weak set of remedies largely unchanged.

Latest CC report casts shadow over quality partnerships as well as franchising, claims pteg

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In its response (published today) to the Competition Commission’s interim remedies, pteg says that the CC is threatening to ‘turn the clock back by raising the same vague but threatening doubts over the value of any scheme that excludes the theoretical possibility of low end competition.’

pteg responds to Competition Commission buses report

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David Brown, who leads for pteg on buses, said...

Re-launched buspartnership.com reflects growing use of Transport Act powers

Bus in guided bus lane - Leeds
An updated buspartnership.com website has been launched today (31st August 2011).

New report forecasts one in five big city bus services gone by 2014

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A new report for pteg suggests there will be tough times ahead for urban bus services outside London, given government cuts to both local government funding and wider support for bus services.

Minister announces new safety guidance for bus and coach garages

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Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP has given his support to new guidance for health and safety in a bus or coach station.

pteg calls on Competition Commission to build on 2008 Transport Act

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pteg’s response (published on the pteg website today) to the Competition Commission’s provisional report on the bus industry, calls on the Commission to use the Local Transport Act 2008 as the foundation for lasting and effective reforms to the bus sector.

pteg welcomes Competition Commission bus report

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The largest public transport authorities outside London, today, welcomed the interim Competition Commission report as a sound analysis of the state of the bus market, which could be a turning point for bus services in England outside London.

pteg welcomes freebus BSOG decision

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In response to Norman Baker’s answer to a parliamentary question on 10 March on BSOG and freebus, Jonathan Bray, Director of the pteg Support Unit, said...

Bus subsidy cuts would hit the poorest hardest

Press release
A new report examining the effects of bus fare increases on low income families, published today (27 July 2010) by pteg finds that families on the lowest incomes will be hardest hit by the fare increases that will follow if the Government scraps the financial support for bus services (known as BSOG).

Beeching-style threat to England's local bus networks

Bus outside Liverpool South Parkway
England’s local bus networks are at risk from Beeching-style cuts if the Government withdraws the only direct national funding as part of its spending review, a coalition of pro-public transport groups warned today.

Less turmoil on the buses?

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Responding to the DfT's consultation on Improving Bus Passenger Services through the Regulatory Framework which closed today, Chair of the group of six Integrated Transport Authorities, Councillor Mark Dowd, said...

New DfT bus proposals welcomed

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Responding to a consultation on a package of measures on buses by the Department for Transport, lead Director General for pteg on bus issues, David Brown, said...

pteg warns against return to bus wars following OFT decision

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pteg have responded to the news that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred UK local bus services, excluding London and Northern Ireland, to the Competition Commission.

CPT and pteg work together to roll out more effective voluntary partnerships

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pteg and the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) today published a series of joint statements which will act as the basis for more effective voluntary partnerships to improve bus services.

Cost of free bus travel could 'spiral out of control'

Press release
The cost of concessionary bus travel in England could spiral out of control even if the government plugs the current funding gaps, new research published today has revealed.

Support for MPs call for better monitoring of bus services

Press release
pteg has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee which calls for locally accountable Integrated Transport Authorities to be given the job of monitoring bus punctuality and reliability.

ITAs call on Government to retain special grants to fund concessionary passes

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In their response to the consultation on the administration of the national concessionary fares scheme, the largest transport authorities outside London have called on the Government to retain the ‘special grant’ that ITAs have used to successfully administer and support the scheme so far.

Greening big city bus fleets - new report sets out the options

Press release
A new report for pteg on scenarios for greening bus fleets in the city regions has found that the two biggest priorities should be reducing pollution by eliminating or modifying the oldest most polluting buses - and reducing carbon through more hybrid buses (which are dual diesel/battery powered) and the wider use of sustainable biofuels.

Following London's lead could turn city region bus networks around

Press release
According to a new analysis of the latest industry statistics by leading bus industry expert, Professor Peter White of the University of Westminster, making bus networks simple, frequent and stable every day and all day - could help trigger a revival in city region bus networks.

Wide-ranging reforms for bus subsidy welcomed

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pteg has welcomed Government proposals to reform more than £400 million of bus subsidy payments.

Funding boost for free fares scheme

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City region transport authorities today welcomed the news that the Government is to provide them with a special grant to cover the cost of the go-anywhere, free off-peak bus travel scheme for older and disabled people, which starts next April.

Kelly's tough stance on bus wars welcomed

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Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly's conference pledge to clamp down on the 'bus wars' that clog up city streets was welcomed today by city region transport authorities.

Next steps on planning better bus networks

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pteg has commissioned transport consultants Steer Davies Gleave to undertake the first phase of work on a new planning model for costing the options for improving city region bus networks.

Lyons backs bus regulation

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Leaders of the biggest transport authorities outside London today welcomed the publication of Sir Michael Lyons' report into Local Government.

Big city transport authorities welcome Government’s new buses blueprint

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pteg, which represents locally accountable Passenger Transport Executives in Britain’s largest city regions outside London, today welcomed the Government’s plans for a fresh start for buses outside London.

Sorting the facts from the fiction on big city bus plans

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pteg today published a ‘myths and facts’ briefing on PTE plans to improve bus services in the largest conurbations outside London.

PTEs reject Stagecoach claims

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In a speech today to the Landor conference in Leeds marking twenty years of bus deregulation, pteg Chair Roy Wicks, refuted Brian Souter’s accusations about the PTEs’ record on supporting the bus industry.

PTEs welcomes TSC report as biggest opportunity in twenty years for a fresh start for the urban bus

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pteg today welcomed the all-party House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on the future of the industry as the chance to establish a new consensus on turning around the twenty years of decline in bus use since deregulation.

pteg responds to CPT bus priority report

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Responding to today's bus priority report from the CPT Jonathan Bray, Assistant Director of the pteg Support Unit said...

Franchising is affordable route to better buses

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In its response to the Government's bus policy review, and in a new FAQ briefing, pteg argues that by redeploying existing public subsidy to the industry, franchising (or 'quality contracts' as they are known in the bus industry) will give passengers better services.

Bus powers pledge welcomed

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pteg today welcomed Douglas Alexander's commitment to give PTEs 'real powers' over local bus networks.

New report warns of bus decline threat

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A new report commissioned by pteg from leading economic consultancy, NERA, has concluded that without significant policy change the decline of the bus in the major conurbations outside London will continue. Over the next ten years NERA predicts that service levels will fall by around 20%, fares will rise by about 20% in real terms and patronage will fall by 20%. 

Pressure grows on DfT over bus regulation - pteg welcomes Environmental Audit Committee report

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pteg today welcomed the Environmental Audit Committee report into Reducing Carbon Emissions from Transport.

MPs call for action on bus regulation

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A House of Commons Early Day Motion which calls for local authorities and Passenger Transport Authorities to be given the powers to plan and regulate bus services has now attracted the support of over 100 Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative backbench MPs (including six members of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee).

pteg welcomes Government bus policy review

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pteg welcomed Transport Minister Gillian Merron’s commitment to a review of bus policy and, if necessary, to new legislation. The Minister made the commitment in her evidence to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into bus services on the 28th June.

City Region transport authorities thank Ken for support on bus regulation

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The Chair of the PTA Special Interest Group, Cllr Mark Dowd OBE, has written to Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to thank him for his support for the regulation of buses outside London.

Pressure grows on DfT over bus regulation

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pteg today welcomed the Public Accounts Committee report into the future of Britain’s bus services.

Transport Minister welcomes new ‘Backing the Bus’ report

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Transport Minister Derek Twigg today welcomed a new pteg report - ‘Backing the Bus’.

pteg releases more details on bus franchising plans

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pteg – which represents Britain’s seven Passenger Transport Executives - today released more details of its plans for the franchising of bus services in PTE areas. Franchising (known as ‘Quality Contracts’) would be the biggest change for the bus industry outside London, since buses there were deregulated twenty years ago.

PTEs welcome NAO report on bus service delivery

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pteg, which represents the UK’s seven Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs), welcomed today's 'Delivery Chain Analysis for Bus Services', a joint report by the National Audit Office and Audit Commission.

MPs say buses are "Cinderella" public service

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A new survey of MPs has shown that the majority of Labour MPs are increasingly frustrated with the relative lack of attention paid to local bus services by central Government. They also want to see buses across Britain run in the same way as they are in London.

New report finds the tram beats the bus for getting people out of their cars

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New light rail schemes are far better at attracting motorists and cutting congestion than improvements to bus services, according to a new report, launched by pteg.

PTEs concerned over alarming decline in bus use outside London

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Responding to new Government statistics which show that the decline in bus use outside London has accelerated, Kieran Preston, Director General of Metro and Chair of pteg, said:

Breakthrough on bus policy

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pteg has welcomed Government plans to give PTEs greater powers to regulate bus services as a ‘the biggest breakthrough on bus policy for years.’

pteg welcomes bus report from CfIT

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pteg has welcomed a new report  by the Commission for Integrated Transport, on encouraging better delivery of local bus services.

Way forward for PTEs on bus priority

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Key officers from across the PTEs gathered in Manchester on 25th May to learn from Greater Manchester’s experience on Quality Bus Corridors (QBCs). The seminar, entitled ‘Bus Priority – An Olympic Challenge’, attracted an audience of 50 practitioners to hear from local bus operators, GMPTE staff, highway authorities and consultants.

MPs say enough is enough on poor bus services

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A House of Commons Early Day Motion which calls for local authorities and PTEs to be given the powers to step in and regulate bus services, where private companies have failed to deliver, has now attracted the support of more than 100 Labour and Liberal Democrat backbench MPs (including six members of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee).

pteg backs government moves to speed up bus franchising process

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pteg has backed proposals to speed up the introduction of Quality Contract (bus franchise) schemes in response to a Department for Transport consultation.

New research highlights obstacles to improving big city bus services

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Key targets for patronage growth and service quality are not being met in some of Britain’s largest cities according to a new analysis of the state of bus services published by pteg today.

pteg welcomes Government move on quality contracts

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pteg today welcomed the Government's announcement that they plan to consult on reducing the time it would take for PTEs and local authorities to introduce bus quality contract schemes. pteg said the Government's announcement brings the introduction of franchising of bus services outside London a 'step closer,' and that it 'reflects a growing consensus that it's time to get some quality contract schemes underway.'

MPs give cross-party support for reform of bus industry

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Labour and Lib Dem MPs today launched a House of Commons Early Day Motion which supports giving local authorities the powers to franchise bus services. London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, already has these powers, and has used them to radically improve the quality of London's bus services.

Alarm at slump in bus use

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Responding to the latest DfT figures on bus travel released today, pteg said it was deeply concerned that bus use was continuing to fall outside the capital. 

pteg commissions new research on bus regulation

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pteg has commissioned a new report – ‘The Case for Rail in the Conurbations’. Transport consultants JMP have been commissioned to produce the report which will examine the role of rail in the conurbations in the context of the full range of relevant Government policy objectives. These are not just the Government’s objectives for rail but also those for raising the economic performance of the regions, and tackling social exclusion.