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

14 December 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the publication today of the Department for Transport‘s Annual Bus Statistics for England 2016 / 2017.

The statistics show a fall of 70 million in the number of bus journeys taken in England with fares continuing to rise. Between March 2012 and March 2017, the average annual percentage change in bus fares was 2.9 per cent, higher than the average annual rate of inflation of 2.3 per cent.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"The fall in the number of passenger journeys is a direct result of continuing government cuts to support for buses, nationally and locally. This is resulting in fewer services and fares that are rising even faster than rail fares.

“Buses 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.

"But there is hope. Local authorities can use new powers in the Bus Service Act to protect or even restore bus routes, but we also need long-term, sustainable funding from central government or we will continue to see buses decline."



  • The DfT’s Annual Bus Statistics for England 2016 / 2017 are available here 
  • Local bus fares in England increased by 66 per cent on average between March 2005 and March 2017 while between 1995 and 2016 rail fares rose by 23 per cent 
  • 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).