Get on Board

We are seeking to raise awareness of the importance of local bus services and to empower members, WIs and federations to make the case for buses in their local communities.

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Background

Since 2010, local authorities have faced budgets cuts which have put pressure on the delivery of local services including libraries, children’s centres and bus services. According to the Campaign for Better Transport, council bus budgets have been cut by 25% since 2010. Furthermore, more than a million people in Great Britain now live at least a mile from a bust stop with regular service and more than 3,000 bus routes have been lost or reduced in the last decade (BBC).

With bus services under threat across England, Wales and the Islands, our Get on Board for a Better Bus Service campaign calls on both local and national governments to take action. Launched in 2019, this campaign seeks to raise awareness of the importance of local bus services and to empower members, WIs and federations to make the case for buses in their local communities.

What we have achieved so far

Last year the Government announced that it would publish a National Bus Strategy. Alongside the statement, the Government committed to give £220million in funding for buses, to improve current services and restore those that have been lost. The WI has welcomed this announcement as a positive step towards recognising the value of bus services to communities across the country.

However, the work doesn’t stop there. As part of this campaign, the WI is calling for Government and local authorities to work with bus companies to ensure bus services are sustainable and safeguarded for the future.

How you can get involved

  1. Read more about the issue and find out how you can participate by downloading our campaign action pack.
  2. Get in touch with us to share your views and experiences of local bus services; has your local service been reduced or stopped altogether? What has been the impact? Email us at pa@nfwi.org.uk
  3. Write to your local MP or councillor. Get in touch with us for a template letter you can use.

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