Don’t stigmatise public transport, charity urges

10 June 2021

Ahead of next week’s Government announcement on Covid restrictions, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The Government has difficult decisions to make about social distancing and mask-wearing past 21 June, but one thing is clear: it should not single out public transport by keeping restrictions in place on buses and trains while easing them everywhere else. This would unfairly stigmatise public transport and set the stage for a future of rising car use, congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution. Public transport will be vital to a green, fair recovery. The Government should reassure people that it is a safe way to travel, not least thanks to the dedicated and consistent efforts of transport operators.”

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Notes to Editors

1. Last month Campaign for Better Transport launched a new campaign, The Way Forward is Public Transport, calling on the Government to support public transport by encouraging people to use buses, trains, coaches and trams as restrictions ease, and to introduce an incentive scheme to help boost passenger numbers as part of a national plan to place public transport at the heart of a green recovery. This photo from the campaign launch can be used by media.

2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport’s vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).