Connecting Britain: ‘Introduce yourself’

In the wake of the general election and the subsequent focus on buses by the newly-elected Conservative government, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) is taking the lead in a campaign to ensure that politicians understand the crucial role of the industry.

To support its campaign, the trade association is publishing a professionally-produced brochure, Connecting Britain, and is urging members to use the publication as an introduction to MPs, new and old.

A CPT-led publication, Connecting Britain is funded by the big groups. It sets out in very clear terms the crucial role the bus industry plays and the benefits to society and the UK economy.

Every CPT member will receive a copy, plus four template letters to MPs that can be tailored as appropriate, depending on whether the MP is newly elected or re-elected, and whether the operator’s main interest is coaches or buses.

The Department for Transport is also to receive a copy.

In addition the CPT will publicise the brochure on its website and in its various publications.

The CPT is keen to get the messages in Connecting Britain out to as many MPs and key decision makers as possible, and stresses that now is the time for operators to introduce themselves either by writing, visiting or inviting.

Both the brochure and sample letters have been produced to not only help CPT members introduce themselves and the industry to their newly elected/returning MP, but to assist with the ongoing building and maintaining of relationships.

These materials provide the ideal platform for CPT members to outline the vital role that buses play in the community, while introducing their own businesses and some of the key issues currently affecting their operations and the wider industry.

Stocks of the publication are held at the CPT’s London headquarters, and additional copies are available to members free of charge by contacting the CPT on 0207 240 3131.

A PDF version of Connecting Britain and the supporting MP letters are available from