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. It outlines eleven practical steps towards a 'Total Transport' approach which would see partners come together from across policy divides.
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.
pteg today welcomed Douglas Alexander's commitment to give PTEs 'real powers' over local bus networks.
Responding to Douglas Alexander's speech to the Labour party conference, Chair of pteg, Roy Wicks, said:
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.
pteg today welcomed the Environmental Audit Committee report into Reducing Carbon Emissions from Transport.
26 July 2006
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.