Despite years of declining ridership, the social significance of buses remains high, and the public see them as a vital part of an effective, clean, and fair transport system. The public are clear that we must tackle the failures that contributed to the bus’s decline while supporting a rapid shift in how buses are powered.
In this report, we show what it would mean to truly ‘level up’ the bus network and bring all of England’s metropolitan areas up to the same per head level of provision as London. Action to address regional inequality in access to local public transport must go hand in hand with a faster decarbonisation of bus fleets across our urban areas – improving air quality and visibly demonstrating on streets across the country the government’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis.
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.