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Bus Services Bill: Select Committee welcomes Government support for Talking Buses

25 Nov 2016

The Transport Select Committee today released a report into the Bus BusesServices Bill welcoming measures proposed by the Government for major reforms to the bus industry.

Powers for local authorities to introduce integrated networks and ticketing; the use of open data to compare offers from providers and the standard fitting of audio-visual equipment on buses to make them more accessible for people with sight and hearing loss, are three major proposals of the Bill.

Chair of the Transport Committee, Louise Ellman MP, said:

“There is a lot to welcome in this Bill. By giving local authorities new powers and offering practical measures such as improved passenger information and services, these proposals have the potential to bring about significant improvements for both passengers and communities.”

Guide Dogs, which has been campaigning for buses to be made more accessible through audio-visual announcements with the Talking Buses campaign, welcomed the Transport Committee’s report. Senior Campaigns Manager, James White, said:

“Talking buses give independence to people with sight loss, enabling them to travel on their own and reducing stress and anxiety, which is why the accessible information requirement will be a huge step forward for people with sight loss. We were glad to see that the Transport Select Committee's report reflects the real benefits that Talking Buses will bring to all bus users; now we need MPs to ensure that the requirements are implemented in as timely a manner as possible.”

The Bus Services Bill is due to be debated in Parliament in the next few weeks - email your MP asking them to support Talking Buses at the debate.