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Bus users hit by central Government cuts

15 November 2012
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the annual bus user statistics for England, released by the Department for Transport (1).

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

"Central Government claimed that its cuts in local bus funding would not affect services. That couldn't be true and now we have the evidence. We know it's the young, the old and those without cars who are most likely to need a decent bus service. These figures show what these groups already know - in 12 months they've seen significant cuts in services and a 6.5 per cent increase in ticket prices. This adds to the cost of living, makes it harder to access jobs, and increases isolation."

Key findings for 2011/12 include


  • In England outside London, mileage on supported services in non-metropolitan areas has dropped by 10 per cent in the latest year. Supported mileage in metropolitan areas has shown a flatter trend over the same period, but fell by an estimated 7 per cent between 2010/11 and 2011/12.
  • Reductions in services are affecting the weakest most. Concessionary journeys made up 35 per cent of all bus passenger journeys in Great Britain in 2011/12.
  • From June 2011 to June 2011, there was an increase in bus fares of 6.5 per cent in England (5.4 per cent in London, 6.8 per cent in metropolitan areas and 7.6 per cent in non-metropolitan areas).

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said


"Our concern is that there's more to come. These figures only show the impact of cuts on local authority supported services. In April this year there was a further 20 per cent cut which we would expect to hit commercial services. That will show up in next year's figures making them equally grim reading."


1. Annual Bus Statistics 2011/12
2. The main funding sources for bus services are Local Transport Grants and the Bus Service Operators Grant.  These have been cut by a quarter and by a fifth respectively in 2011 and 2012.
3. Campaign for Better Transport's Save Our Buses campaign helps local people fight against cuts to local bus services
4. Campaign for Better Transport is currently preparing research on local authority spending on bus services. This will be released in early December. Please contact us for further details.