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Campaigners celebrate Welsh Government leading the way in supporting buses

16 September 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has reacted to the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, of a five point plan to support the bus industry.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, said:

"Finally a minister is recognising the importance of buses, the value they provide to local communities, and the threat they are under due to losses in funding. Buses are the most used form of public transport, but important services are under threat in rural areas particularly due to reductions in council funding. We only hope that the UK Government and Members of Parliament in Westminster can take this as inspiration to amend the Bus Services Bill so that it extends powers to improve services across the whole country"


For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6484/07984 773 468 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

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).

2. Read the Welsh Government announcement here.

3. The UK Government's Bus Services Bill is currently in the House of Lords and will soon be introduced in the House of Commons. The Bill contains measures to help improve buses in towns and cities, but little to help rural areas where services have been hit hard by local authority funding cuts. Campaign for Better Transport is calling for the Bill to be amended to:

  • Create a national Bus and Coach Investment Strategy
  • Allow bus services to be designated Assets of Community Value
  • Strengthen the requirement that local authorities must carry out public transport needs assessments
  • Roll out "Total Transport" to all local authorities

4. Local authorities provide funding to support important but unprofitable bus services. 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from local authority bus funding in England and Wales, resulting in over 2,400 bus services being reduced, altered or withdrawn from service. In Wales alone, £4.2 million has been cut, which is over 20 per cent. These cuts disproportionately affect rural and isolated communities.