19 June 2015
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication by ILC-UK and Age UK, which shows that many over 65s find it difficult to visit health services, with over half never or rarely using public transport.
James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Thanks to free bus travel, many over 65s are able to get about when driving is not an option, but bus passes are useless if there are no buses on which to use them. This year alone £9 million worth of cuts to Local Authority funding for supported bus services have been proposed or agreed across the country, and this is being felt most by those who rely on buses the most, including over 65s and young people.
"This report shows again how important it is for the Government and Local Authorities to stop the devastating tide of cuts to essential bus services to ensure people can get around including to access health care, and reduce the burden on our NHS".
For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6484/07949 597 880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
2. Read The Future of Transport in an Aging Society here. The report's findings include:
- Despite free bus travel, one third of over 65s in England never use public transport. And over half either never use public transport or use it less than once a month.
- 1.45 million over 65s find it quite difficult or very difficult to travel to a hospital, whilst 630,000 over 65s find it difficult or very difficult to travel to their GP.
3. Campaign for Better Transport research shows that since 2010, local authority funding for bus service has been cut by 15 per cent (£44m) with more than 2000 routes being reduced or withdrawn entirely.