“This report highlights the significant benefits of investing in buses so that these vital services, which have continued to be a lifeline for people in accessing vital services during the pandemic, don’t fall off a cliff edge."
Responding to a new report by KPMG, Maximising the benefits of local bus services, which says £2 billion investment in bus services could generate 425 million new bus journeys a year, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association transport spokesman, said:
“This report highlights the significant benefits of investing in buses so that these vital services, which have continued to be a lifeline for people in accessing vital services during the pandemic, don’t fall off a cliff edge. While people have rightly not travelled for safety reasons, bus services are still essential to local communities.
“Bus services have a critical role to play in the national recovery from COVID-19 and beyond, through supporting local economies, tackling poor air quality and congestion and reaching the country’s net zero carbon targets by 2050. Electric vehicles won’t do it alone.
“We would like to see the Government give councils oversight of local bus services, so they can ensure effective targeting of any public funding.”
Notes to editors
The LGA represents more than 330 councils of all types across England. We work on behalf of our members to support, promote and improve local government.
It is councils who have led communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Our recent polling shows that 71 per cent of residents trust their council and three quarters are satisfied with the way their local council runs things in their area. Our new discussion paper - Re-thinking Local - sets out how councils must now be empowered to locally-lead the COVID-19 recovery and tackle the economic, environmental and community challenges that we will face as a result of the pandemic.