40% of 2,000 polled want to see investment in local bus services


Britons back government investment in bus services and cycling according to new research commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Green New Deal.

According to the poll of 2,000 British adults by Opinium, 40% of people want to see investment in local bus services, and 37% want investment in cycling infrastructure. By comparison, fewer than one in seven people want money spent on more or bigger roads.

It suggests that public-backing for low carbon transport has soared since lockdown on the back of dramatic changes in people’s travel habits.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who chairs the recently formed APPG, said the poll should make the government rethink its plans to spend £27bn on roads over the next five years.

“It’s clear that the overwhelming majority of people, including Conservative voters, don’t want to see the country buried under miles of tarmac,” she said. “There is absolutely no justification for the Government pressing ahead with its road building plan.”

The lockdown saw a dramatic reduction in road traffic with 70% of those polls reporting a noticeable decrease in traffic and almost half appreciating quieter streets and cleaner air.

Two-thirds of people said they want traffic levels to stay low even after all lockdown restrictions are eased, and more than 40% said they want cleaner air and quieter streets to remain.

“In a post-Covid-19 world, it’s clear that the public don’t want to see society go back to how it was,” said Clive Lewis, Labour MP and APPG co-chair. “We must reimagine the future of urban mobility, investing in cycle infrastructure and public transport, and changing our public spaces so that they work for people and our environment.”

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