28 January 2011: Do buses matter? Our report launched today by the RMT shows that they certainly do to the elderly, and the young, and jobseekers, and small businesses, and the disabled, and the environment, and...
A report today by Campaign for Better Transport for the RMT shows that local bus networks provide a vital public service all over the country, linking people to amenities, shops and friends and family. This short report draws together research on the value of buses, and looks particularly at vulnerable bus user groups. It makes the case that buses provide vital support to social capital and argues that funding cuts to buses are a false economy, because of knock-on negative impacts for local economies, for society and for the environment.
It is sad but true that without bus services linking people to places we will end up with young people unable to access college courses, older people being stuck at home, and jobseekers having to stay on benefits because they have no way of travelling to work. In particular lifeline rural bus services are under threat from the withdrawal of local authority support for non-commercial buses.
Save Our Buses is our national campaign to protect local bus services. It will be launched on Thursday 3 February with an interactive map showing bus cuts across the country. We will release figures showing the scale of bus cuts nationally as well as figures for cuts in every local authority in England. We will also highlight the top ten worst affected local authority areas.