12 June 2018
Responding to the latest Department for Transport bus statistics, which show bus journeys in England outside London have gone down 2.2%, whilst fares have increased by 2.8%, Steve Chambers, public transport campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Today's figures show the downward spiral of local buses continues. This is no surprise given the loss of thousands of routes and services across the country and the fact that bus fares are rising faster than other consumer items and far faster than wages.
"Behind these cold statistics lie serious impacts on people's lives. The reductions in services and increases in fares mean that people without cars are increasingly isolated and can't get access to jobs, training or public services like health and social care, while those with cars find themselves having to use them more and more to get around. Our annual Buses in Crisis report, due out next month, is expected to show even more routes lost due to local authority cuts.
"Without a proper coach and bus investment strategy and funding to support it, we will witness the slow death of the local bus."
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Notes to Editors
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