17 June 2015
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the release of the quarterly statistics (Jan-March 2015) on bus use from the Office of National Statistics.
The new figures show that over the last twelve months:
- Local bus fares have increased by 3.3 per cent, much higher than inflation (Retail Price Index inflation was 0.9 per cent over the same period)
- Rail fares have increased by 2.8 per cent
- Bus fares have increased at a higher rate than the price of motoring with the price of buying a car falling by 1.6 per cent and the price of petrol falling by 13.4 per cent
- 4.7 billion bus journeys were made in England, steadily decreasing in England outside London where bus use has continued to increase
Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:
"Bus users are finding themselves faced with the double whammy of having to endure ever rising bus fares while at the same time facing more and more cuts to essential bus services.
"Our research shows that in this year alone £9 million worth of cuts to local authority funding for supported bus services have been proposed or agreed across the country, leaving many people in rural areas with little or no bus services. We need to see more affordable fares and a stop to the devastating cuts to essential services to ensure people can use their local bus to access jobs, education, shops and hospitals."
Martin Abrams continued:
"Campaign for Better Transport will be demonstrating in central London on Saturday showing support against cuts to bus funding and the loss of vital services as part of the People’s Assembly Austerity March to ensure bus users' voices are heard."
Notes to editors
1. The Office of National Statistics Quarterly Bus Statistics: Great Britain Q1 (Jan-March) 2015 were published by the Department for Transport on 16 June 2015
2. Local Authority cuts to budgets for supported bus services proposed or agreed in 2015/16 are:
- Oxfordshire - £3,600,000
- Powys £500,000
- North Yorkshire - £500,000
- Northumberland - £200,000
- Surrey - £840,000
- Devon - £600,000
- Isle of Wight - £1,000,000 (agreed)
- Wiltshire - £500,000
- Hertfordshire - £1,500,000 (agreed)