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.
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.
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.
Leaders of the biggest transport authorities outside London today welcomed the publication of Sir Michael Lyons' report into Local Government.
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.
Roy Wicks, Director General of South Yorkshire PTE and Chair of pteg, said:
pteg today published a ‘myths and facts’ briefing on PTE plans to improve bus services in the largest conurbations outside London.
Neil Scales, Director General of Merseytravel, takes the lead for pteg on bus issues:
In a speech today (27/10/06) 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.
Commenting on Brian Souter’s claims Roy Wicks said:
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.
Chair of pteg, Roy Wicks, said:
Responding to today's bus priority report from the CPT Jonathan Bray, Assistant Director of the pteg Support Unit said:
"CPT are right to highlight the importance of bus priority schemes in delivering better bus services.
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.