The UK Government has just launched a new national bus strategy for England entitled Bus Back Better. The Government’s believes ‘buses are the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve transport”. This national Bus Strategy is backed by £3 billion of new funding and forms a key plank in the Government’s twin agenda of ‘Levelling Up’ and ‘ensuring the economy meets Net Zero carbon emissions’.
The newly formed Somerset Bus Partnership is supported both by councillors and by bus user groups across Somerset. It will seek to develop a Bus Enhancement Partnership for Somerset that incorporates both what current bus users need, and encourage more Somerset residents to switch from using private cars to travelling by bus.
At 10 journeys per resident, Somerset currently has the fourth lowest bus passenger journeys per population in England: the lowest in the South West. Bus passenger journeys in Somerset have decreased by more than 40% over the past decade.
We will be trying to raise awareness of the existence of this new strategy, and soliciting the involvement of everyone in Somerset who is keen to see improvements, so that we can BUS BACK BETTER.
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Tony Reese (South Somerset)