Last reviewed 15 October 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak may have decided that this is not the time to go ahead with the Budget, as he confirmed recently, but the Treasury is still looking at future spending plans as it continues with the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Among the numerous bids and suggestions being put forward, bus and coach passenger charity Bus Users will be hoping that its call for investment in bus services catches the Chancellor’s eye.

Available at bususers.org, its submission argues that bus users are crucial to the UK’s economic recovery, creating more than £64 billion worth of goods and services and accounting for 29% of all city centre expenditure.

It also highlights that reliable, affordable bus services ensure young people, people in rural communities and people on a constrained income can access employment, education and training.

Buses ensure that isolated people, particularly the young and elderly, can leave their homes and lead fulfilling lives, reducing the burden on health and social care budgets, the submission goes on to say.

“The bus offers a sustainable alternative to private cars, improving personal health through active travel and reducing pollution and congestion,” Bus Users tells the Chancellor. “Investing in bus services is therefore good for the economy, good for the communities who rely on them and good for society as a whole.”

Bus Users campaigns for inclusive, accessible transport. It is the only approved Alternative Dispute Resolution Body for the bus and coach industry and the designated body for handling complaints under the Passenger Rights in Bus and Coach Legislation.