People

This past year has 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 have taken 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.

 

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 do hope our transport system survives. it is so important and our planet needs it.

Ann, Lincolnshire
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We're really looking forward to travelling further afield again by public transport and we've even worked with the children to put a list together of the places we'd like to visit - including seeing Grandad for the first time in 14 months.

Jessica, Devon
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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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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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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 hope that people will not switch from journeys previously made by public transport to cars. As soon as we are allowed, we will definitely be back on board and can't wait for that day!

Peter, Cambridgeshire
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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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