23 March 2012
Responding to today's announcement of extra funding for local buses, Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport's campaigns director, said:
“The additional money announced today for green buses and for the Better Bus Areas fund is very welcome. However, bus services are still being cut across the country as central government and local councils make funding cuts. The Department for Transport has found an extra £31m, but this is barely half of what is needed just to properly fund the free bus pass scheme for older people, let alone make up for the 20 per cent cut to the Bus Service Operators Grant. We need long-term sustainable funding for buses, rather than just doling out the spare change left over in Department for Transport budgets at the end of the year.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Bus Service Operators Grant is the only dedicated funding that goes direct to support all bus services.
2. The Association of Transport Coordinating Officers estimates that the concessionary fares scheme is underfunded by over £60m for just the shire counties.
3. 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).