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Bus use down as fares rises bite

18 June 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the release of statistics on bus use from the Office of National Statistics.

The new figures show

  • Bus fares are up by nearly 5% over the last 12 months, significantly above inflation (RPI 3.7% over the same period)
  • Almost 60 million fewer journeys being made by bus compared with the previous year
  • Buses users in rural England and in Wales worst affected

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

 

"Bus users are facing a cycle of fewer services and higher prices. If the Chancellor uses next week's spending round to cut support further, then we could see whole networks of bus services being lost."

Stephen Joseph continued

"Buses are particularly important in helping people to access jobs, for young people in getting to education and training opportunities and as a lifeline in tackling rural isolation. We need to invest in our buses and not allow them to fall into spiral of neglect."

ENDS

Quarterly Bus Statistics: Great Britain Q1 2013 from the Office of National Statistics were published by the Department for Transport on 18 June 2013.