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New statistics show bus users hit hard by cuts and rise in fares

27 September 2018

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the publication today of the Department for Transport‘s Quarterly Bus Statistics for England April-June 2018.

The figures show that local bus passenger journeys in England have decreased by 1.7 percent since last year and fares have increased by 2.2 percent in metropolitan areas and 6.6 percent in non-metropolitan areas.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"The falling number of passengers taking the bus is a consequence of continued cuts in funding to support 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."


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


  • The DfT’s Quarterly Bus Statistics for England April-June 2018
  • Read Campaign for Better Transport’s Coach and Bus Investment Strategy briefing
  • 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).