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Call for Bus Services Bill to apply to all councils as annual stats reveal fall in bus use

18 October 2016 

The Department for Transport has today released its Annual Bus Statistics for 2016. They reveal that bus use in non-metropolitan areas has fallen sharply, with mileage on supported bus routes in non-metropolitan areas down 40 per cent in ten years.

These latest statistics chime with research conducted by Campaign for Better Transport which found that since 2010, more than 2,400 local authority supported bus routes have been reduced, altered or withdrawn completely. Lianna Etkind, public transport campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The Bus Services Bill currently going through Parliament will give local authorities new powers to increase bus passenger numbers, but it is crucial that the full range of powers, backed by funding, are available to all authorities, not just Mayoral Combined Authorities, including stronger powers for councils to speed up buses.  

“Without support, more villages and towns risk being isolated by cuts to bus services. We cannot leave people in rural areas cut off from jobs, healthcare or friends and family. We are calling for a National Bus Strategy alongside the Bus Services Bill, so that operators and local authorities alike can have the long term reassurance that they need to grow and develop their bus services.”

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

Notes to Editors

  1. You can see the effect of budget cuts to supported local bus services on Campaign for Better Transport’s interactive bus cuts map.
  2. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s Buses in Crisis report.
  3. Read the Department for Transport’s Annual Bus Statistics 2016 in full here.
  4. 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).