It was a pleasure to address the CPT National Bus and Coach Conference today.

It’s clear that, if we have any hope of driving modal shift and greening our transport networks, the Government must match the ambitions of the bus and coach sector.

In my speech I called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to work on a national strategy for sustainability for the coach industry. I also focused on the lack of bus services across many rural parts of the country and finally I addressed the need for different funding mechanisms for investing in zero-emission coaches, and remember that some operators are small, family run businesses.