What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Across the UK, we’re losing bus services as local councils cut funding. Thousands of people rely on these buses, to get to work, to get to the shops or to see friends and family. Some of the worst-hit areas are rural areas, meaning people are left stranded without any way to get around. This impact the young, the old, and the unemployed, leaving them unable to fully participate in their community, or find work.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
64 per cent of jobseekers either have no access to a vehicle or cannot drive.
Young people are amongst the biggest users of bus services , whilst 40 per cent of people over 60 use the bus at least once a week.
Passenger cars produce nearly 60 per cent of all CO2 emissions from road transport in the UK, compared with just 5 per cent from buses.
If drivers switched just one in twenty five of their car journeys to bus or coach, it would mean one billion fewer car journeys per year.
Every £1 of public investment in buses provides between £3 and £5 of wider benefits.
Bus commuters generate £64 billion in economic output every year.
What is your solution?
We want to make 6 stops, build-up 6 towns’ campaigns and save 6 towns’ bus networks in the worst affected areas. If we raise more than £5,000 we can make more stops!
We will work with local groups, help local volunteers get more people involved, support them to improve their campaigning skills, give them resources like banners and ‘campaign packs’, and help them to run Use It Or Lose It campaigns.
How will you deliver this?
We have a successful track record of supporting community groups to advocate for better, more affordable transport locally. With our much-needed expert help, these groups make a real difference in their local communities. We provide information, guidance and advice to individuals and groups, helping them to establish new and better services, or make the case to keep existing services which may be under threat.
Swaledale residents got in touch when they faced losing their local bus. “We want to acknowledge the tremendous support we have had from Campaign for Better Transport in terms of strategic advice, encouragement and interventions on our behalf when necessary. Thank you from the residents of Upper Swaledale.” Alison Stringer, Andrew Green, Christine Whitehead and Mary Green