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Government must support buses in forthcoming Budget

15 October 2018

Responding to Department for Transport figures reported in the media today, which show the number of local bus journeys are at a twelve year low, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: 

"The falling number of passengers taking the bus is a consequence of continued cuts in funding to supported services. Nationally and locally this is resulting in fewer services and higher fares. The statistics back up what our research has been showing for years: that buses are in crisis. They are vital for the economy and the environment but year on year people, especially in rural areas, are losing their bus service making it difficult to access jobs, education and other essential public services. In the Budget at the end of October, the Government needs to ensure it supports and encourages local bus services rather than continuing the trend of cutting the budget each year."

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editor

  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