Express coach has been ignored by policy makers for too long. It gets virtually no funding and is in many ways treated as yesterday’s transport mode, something left over from the 20th century. There is no-one at DfT with a brief to promote the express coach, National Statistics stopped collecting information about coach travel a few years ago and the only priority route for coaches in the country was removed recently in a political gesture to the motorist. In some ways it has been too successful. It has survived and occasionally even thrived with virtually no support from government. It can’t however reach its potential under these conditions.

We aim to convince policymakers, potential users and anyone else who will listen that express coach should play a key role in the UK’s future inter-urban transport network.

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