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Bus usage falls, but Bus Services Bill can reverse decline

14 June 2016

Responding to the publication of the Department for Transport’s quarterly bus statistics, Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The human story behind these figures is that fewer people are taking the bus to work, to the shops and to see friends and family. Since 2010, local authorities have reduced their bus funding by a quarter.  For many people, taking the bus is no longer even an option, because so many services no longer run, or run so infrequently, leaving people stranded in their towns and villages.

"We hope that the Bus Services Bill, currently working its way through Parliament, will help reverse the decline in bus usage, and give local authorities the power to plan joined-up bus services that people can rely on. However, this can't happen without proper funding. Roads, rail, cycling and walking all have national investment strategies, it’s time we had a National Bus and Coach Strategy as well."


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read the department for Transport statistics in full here.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport’s Buses in Crisis report found that since 2010, £78 million has been axed from local authority bus funding in England and Wales, resulting in over 2,400 bus services being reduced, altered or withdrawn from service. Campaign for Better Transport has produced an interactive map showing the scale of cuts to supported bus services across England and Wales. 
  3. 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).