Buses in Crisis
Bus Users has welcomed a new report from the Campaign for Better Transport highlighting the extent of funding cuts for bus services across England and Wales.
Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users said: “The report ‘Buses in Crisis’ has identified cuts of 15%, amounting to £44 million in local authority funding for bus services since 2010.
“Buses underpin so many aspects of our lives, contributing to the economy and connecting people to employment, education and vital services. This report is a stark reminder that rather than being valued, buses are being treated as an expendable resource.
“Many operators have been working to mitigate the effects of funding cuts by making more mileage commercial rather than supported, and some local authorities have been undertaking their own efficiency savings. But there is a limit to how much can be achieved in this way and future cuts will bite deeper.
“The impact as more and more services are reduced or cut altogether will be devastating, not just on the lives of individuals but on entire communities. It is time policy makers recognised the real value of bus services before we all pay the price.”