Claire Haigh is Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, a coalition of the UK’s major public transport groups and other supporters committed to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. She is a Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (Low CVP) and a Columnist for the monthly magazine Transport Times. She has also been an Advisor and Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester.
Previously she was Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for PLUSBUS. Other previous roles include Sales Director for Chameleon Press printing company; and, Account Executive for DDB advertising agency. She read History and German at Magdalen College Oxford. She is a Chartered Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA).
Synopsis: Maximising the Value of the Bus:
Buses drive forward the economy. 33% of city centre visitors made their most recent trip by bus, and bus users make 29% of expenditure. Bus commuters generate £64 billion in output annually. Buses are also key to reducing emissions. Euro VI buses have 95% fewer NOx emissions than older vehicles. Best used bus services in urban centres are reducing emissions from road transport by up to 75% though modal switch. And buses deliver vital social benefits: a 10% improvement in local bus service connectivity would result in a 3.5% reduction in social deprivation.
In spite of these clear benefits, bus patronage is declining in the face of rising congestion and continuing threats to funding. And in this era of devolved decision making there is the very real risk that vital bus infrastructure spend suffers. So it is more important than ever that we communicate the benefits of investment in our bus networks to local decision makers. Investing in local bus infrastructure delivers more than £7 of wider economic benefits for each £1 spent. This is why we have created the Transport Knowledge Hub, which provides LEPs and local authorities with tools and information to make investments which will drive economic growth.