PETER BROWN meets Darren Shirley, new director of the Campaign for Better Transport, which wants public transport — in rural areas as well as big cities — to be treated as a much higher priority, for it to be funded accordingly and integrated to reduce car dependency

Thames Travel 442 (SK66 HRO), a Wright StreetLite Max, in Sir Frank Williams Avenue on Great Western Park in Didcot, a large new housing development where services such as The Connector have been provided to address an initial perceived lack of adequate public transport links to Didcot Parkway railway station.
Darren Shirley: ‘The buses are clearly in crisis’

Anyone picking up the news in recent months about bus services in Britain can be left in little doubt that some are in a critical state, with many local authority supported routes — rural ones especially — being withdrawn and declining numbers of passengers using some commercial routes.

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