13 June 2017
Responding to the release today of the latest annual bus statistics which show a continued decline in the number of passenger journeys, Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Today's figures are the inevitable consequence of years of cuts to bus funding. Every year, more and more people are losing their local buses and are having to turn to expensive taxis or rely on lifts from other people if they wish to access jobs, education or just see family and friends. This is not good enough.
"The new Bus Services Act does offer hope for some areas. Local authorities can use new powers to protect or even restore bus routes, but we also need long-term, sustainable funding from central government or we will continue to see buses decline."
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Notes to Editors
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