31 August 2020
We know the privatised bus and train companies are lobbying for bailouts right now.
Instead of wasting billions on them, this government has the perfect opportunity to bring transport into public ownership and make it work for both people and planet.
Have you noticed that during lockdown, the streets have been quieter? Many of us have walked and cycled more, discovered more local places and met our neighbours.
And while coronavirus is a big crisis, we know that the climate crisis is just around the corner – and that we need to decarbonise transport if we’re going to tackle it.
So it’s timely that the government is asking for YOUR opinions on how to make transport climate-friendly.
The consultation deadline is midnight tonight.
Whether you care about walking and cycling, frequent, affordable buses and trains or making the planet safer for all of us – take 5 minutes and have your say.
We Own It is responding as an organisation to say it’s time to copy Switzerland – invest in excellent, frequent trains and buses that are publicly owned and regulated - so we all have access to decent public transport. Other countries show us that it works.
- Let’s bring all public transport into public ownership so it's working for us, not shareholders. Greener transport won't happen with a fragmented, wasteful, complicated, privatised network.
- Bring the railways into public ownership, expand the network to give people access and cut fares. If our railway was run in public ownership, we'd save £1 billion a year, enough to fund an 18% cut in rail fares, or pay for 100 miles of new railway track.
- Bring buses into public ownership with local authorities regulating and owning their buses across the country. Evidence shows this will be better than the current deregulated, privatised system.
- Create a publicly owned taxi firm that provides green, affordable taxis, treats its workers well and links to buses, trams and trains.
- Invest in walking, cycling and public transport, not road-building, introduce a Frequent Flyer Levy and an Eco Levy.
- Make sure all of our public transport is integrated, frequent, affordable, electrified, linked to walking and cycling – so that it’s easier for people not to own a car or to fly.
We’re also encouraging the government to read ideas from Transport for Quality of Life – check out their 2 pagers here.
Boris Johnson says he cares about buses and bikes. Let’s ask this government to take these smart ideas seriously.
If thousands of us respond, we can push our transport in a better direction. The air we breathe, the safety of our communities and our planet will all be in better shape if we sort out transport.
Let's invest in our future instead of lining shareholders' pockets.