Bus operators see opportunity to deliver ‘fundamental changes’ that shift the dial in favour of public transport as minister praises sector’s response

 
Vere: ‘I am confident that public transport will … continue to make a huge contribution to a green and prosperous economy’

 
Bus operators have urged the government to use Covid as an opportunity to embrace a radical new future for UK transport.

This edition of Passenger Transport is accompanied by a special publication, Rising to the challenge: How public transport responded to Covid-19. It features contributions from four bus groups, highlighting how they reacted to the crisis and offering their views on the recovery.

“We must be absolutely determined that we use this time, and the renewed focus on health and well-being and the future sustainability of the country and the planet to make radical permanent changes that are a fitting legacy to the people we have lost,” Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths comments.

We must make Covid-19 a defining moment to deliver fundamental changes in how we manage mobility

“As we look to the future, we must make Covid-19 a defining moment to deliver fundamental changes in how we manage mobility and put sustainability at the heart of decision making.”

Other operators echoed this view, including Transdev. It states: “We must take advantage of the position we find ourselves in and ensure buses reach their potential as an economic, environmental and congestion-busting solution.

“If we only apply ourselves the way we always have done, we will only get similar results. Now is the time to create a revolution.”

In the foreword to the publication, transport minister Baroness Vere says she is “immensely proud” and offered her “sincere thanks” to the sector. She writes: “I am confident that public transport will … continue to make a huge contribution to a green and prosperous economy.”

 
This story appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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