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Buses deserve priority

Hello <<First Name>>

How can major roads be made better for buses? That's the question that Highways England asked us, and it's an important one.

Our road network isn't just for cars and lorries - it needs to work for cyclists and pedestrians, for nearby communities and for the environment, and, crucially, for buses. A fully loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road!

Highways England manages the strategic road network of motorways and major trunk roads, including some used by important bus routes. They don't control the bus services but can have a big impact on issues from how safe it is to cross the road at bus stops, to how traffic information is shared with bus operators. So when Highways England asked us to look at how major roads could be made better for buses, we jumped at the chance.

Together with Transport Focus we've been looking at bus facilities on the M32 near Bristol and the A27 in East Sussex, including visiting bus stops, bus bays and villages along the routes. Our findings will be applicable much more widely, however. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your views. Many people particularly wanted to see:

  • The introduction and enforcement of bus priority measures (such as bus lanes) to beat congestion and deliver a reliable service
  • Bus stops that are in the right place and well-maintained, with safe access and crossing points
  • Traffic information shared with bus operators, so that live travel information can be displayed at bus stops and park and ride services

Our findings are now with Highways England, and we hope to see improvements for bus users in the near future.

Remembering Simon Norton
Simon Norton Someone who truly understood the value of buses was Simon Norton, a long-time friend of Campaign for Better Transport and a passionate and principled transport campaigner. We were deeply saddened to learn of Simon's death last month. We hope that our continuing work to push buses up the political agenda will be a fitting tribute to him. Here's our tribute to Simon.

Clearing the Air

"When I started researching Clearing the Air... it quickly became apparent that the pollution we are most exposed to... comes from one source alone: transport."

To mark the launch of his new book, Clearing the Air: the Beginning and the End of Air Pollution, author Tim Smedley has written a guest blog for Campaign for Better Transport. The blog, like the book itself, outlines a vision. "Children growing up in towns and cities could do so alongside roads of electric vehicles, cycle lanes and electric rail, and breathe air almost entirely devoid of the pollution we take for granted today", Tim writes.

Tim has also provided two copies of his book to give away.

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Please share our competition by forwarding this email to your friends - help us to spread the word about the need to tackle pollution from transport.

All the very best


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