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.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.