The restrictions introduced during the pandemic brought home to many of us the importance of human contact. A coffee with a friend, a drink down the pub, a hug from a loved one – these things took on a significance that we could never have foreseen.

For millions of people, public transport is key to taking part in society. And without that key, lockdown won’t fully end. If lifeline rural buses are allowed to dwindle further, for instance, many older people will be unable to get to friends and family, doctors’ surgeries, shops and social clubs.

And if government investment in public transport is cut, many more places could become transport deserts, with disastrous effects on people’s life chances. Non-drivers, including many young people, people with disabilities, and people on low incomes, could find themselves cut off from jobs, education and training.

We’re calling on the Government not to abandon non-drivers, but to boost investment in public transport and begin to encourage people back on board so that services can support themselves.

Of course, many people use public transport not because they have no other option, but because they enjoy it. Good public transport can be easy and convenient. We can use our time better: read a book, do some work, enjoy the scenery or catch up on the village gossip. It can make us healthier: people who use public transport are more likely to be physically active. And it can be an adventure!

If we want a brighter transport future that connects people rather than leaving them behind, public transport is the way forward.


Just because we are mature does not mean we should not have access to public transport... public transport means we can continue to get out and enjoy our lives.

Diane, Coventry
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To be honest with you, getting the bus is what gives me my independence... The bus is good for disabled people.

Andrew, East Sussex
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I do hope our transport system survives. it is so important and our planet needs it.

Ann, Lincolnshire
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When we first moved into the village, things were very different to now: the buses ran seven days a week... Over the years we have seen these services slowly erode.

Terence, Norfolk
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During the pandemic, we've stayed local, as we have enough to keep us busy and entertained here: but we're really hoping to stretch our wings again this year as we did in 2019 (what a long time ago that seems!)

Katy, Brighton
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Forty years ago we used to drive into London at the weekend when you could park on most streets. I cannot imagine travel into London without the train today.

John, Hertfordshire
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I have never learnt to drive because I have epilepsy so I've always relied solely on public transport to get around. Hopefully when we reach some form of normality people will continue to leave their cars at home.

Ruth, Birmingham
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