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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bus passengers to be championed by watchdog

Ruth Kelly, Transport Secretary, today announced the creation of the first official national bus passenger champion to actively represent the millions of people who use buses in the towns, villages and cities across England.

Passenger Focus will widen its remit to take on the new role of bus passenger champion.

The decision follows a public consultation on taking forward the measures in the Local Transport Bill to give bus passengers an influential and unified national voice for the first time. The Bill will give local authorities greater powers to improve bus services, making it easier for them to franchise local services and work closely in partnership with bus operators.

Ruth Kelly said:

"Passenger Focus already does a great job representing rail passengers across the country. Now it will also champion the interests of bus users, making sure their voices are heard and influencing the way local bus services operate.

"Buses are an essential means of transport for many people in the East of England, and are increasingly the transport of choice for many others. 183 million bus journeys were made in the East last year, while nearly five billion bus journeys are made across England each year.

"This follows the Government doubling its investment in buses, which now stands at £2.5bn, as well as strengthening the powers available to help councils improve local buses.

"Along with the creation of a national voice for bus passengers, these changes will help bus users everywhere get the service they deserve."


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