A new funding deal for the bus sector is crucial if the government’s aim of net-zero emissions is to be achieved by 2050.
That is the view of the Urban Transport Group (UTG), which represents seven British transport organisations.
It comes after Theresa May announced that the government will amend the 2008 Climate Change Act, committing the UK to a more ambitious goal of net-zero emissions – one of her last acts as the Prime Minister.
In order to do this, the UK is now committed to reducing emissions by 80%.
Other organisations have had their say about how transport can help to tackle the climate emergency.
In the rail sector, electrification, hydrogen and battery alternatives have been championed, as the wider transport industry is clear that changes have to be made to reduce pollution.
And the UTG is the latest to have its say about what is required; Jonathan Bray is the director of the Group. He described the government’s announcement as a “watershed” moment.
However, he believes the correct investment is vital if the climate crisis is to be tackled and, in particular, he called for new funding for the bus sector.
He said: “The UK’s decision to legislate for net-zero emissions is a watershed moment in our efforts to tackle the global climate crisis.
“Investing in the right transport policies is absolutely key to decarbonising our city regions and achieving this net-zero goal.
“The government’s spending review offers an immediate opportunity to set a course for the net-zero transition.
“In particular, we need a shift from stop-start funding or urban transport to long term stable funding which enables us to put the longer term plans in place which are needed for decarbonisation.
“We also need a new funding deal for a bus sector which has been in long term decline.
“The bus is the main form of public transport in urban areas and getting more people onto buses in cities has to be a key element of any credible net-zero plan.”