13 October 2011: We have been busy collecting data on local authority bus cut decisions, using the Freedom of Information Act, and we can reveal that council cuts to bus budgets totalling £36m have resulted in more than 1000 (1114) service cuts.
Many more bus services are likely to be lost as two thirds (77%) of local transport authorities in England are either planning to, or could not rule out, further cuts in the future. Only 46 councils put a figure on the number of bus services that had been reduced, and only 20 reported how many passenger journeys will be affected.
Bus cuts can often be seen as a local problem; however our figures look at the whole of England and show that bus cuts are a national concern. See the full press release here. We also want to give bus users fighting to save their services a helping hand and have prepared a campaign pack to give advice and ideas to bus campaigners.