Bus Rescue Mission

by Campaign for Better Transport
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About the project

Goals

Final Goal £5,000
£5,021.25
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

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

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Share our campaign with your friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook!
  • 5 minutes
    Email your friends and acquaintances to tell them how they can help save buses in the UK!
  • 15 minutes
    Email us to let us know how important buses are to you and your friends!
  • 30 minutes
    Send us a quick video of why buses matter to you, or to people you know!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our vision is a country where communities have affordable transport that improves quality of life and protects the environment.

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

For 40 years, working with hundreds of thousands of inspiring people, Campaign for Better Transport has fought for better public transport, walking and cycling, for the sake of communities and the environment. We have had many successes. In recent decades we've helped to change the Government's transport policy radically, away from building big roads and expanding airports and towards much more recognition of environmental and social impacts.

Who do we help?

We help individuals and communities throughout the UK to campaign successfully for better transport in their area, whether that’s more bus routes, cheaper rail fares, or less road congestion. 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.

How do we deliver this?

An independent charity, we work by providing well-researched, practical solutions to transport problems, pressuring national and local government to adopt them, and empowering ordinary people up and down the country.