Nearly half of bus routes in England under threat according to LGA

Nearly half of bus routes in England under threat according to LGA

Bus Users UK is supporting calls to address the growing funding gap in local council service provision following a warning today that nearly half of all bus routes in England are under threat.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has today said that, with a funding shortfall likely to exceed £5billion over the next two years, local councils will struggle to maintain subsidies for local bus services.

Council leaders are demanding greater powers and funding to protect services while the LGA is calling on Government to address the funding gap, give councils control of the Bus Service Operators’ Grant, and fully fund the concessionary fares scheme.

Responding to the report, Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK said: “Bus services are in crisis and further cuts will leave entire communities isolated, without vital transport links. Those who have the option will be forced into private transport which will simply increase congestion and reduce air quality for everyone.

“Urgent action is needed and central government, local government, bus companies and passenger groups need to work together before lifeline services are lost for good.”

Click here to read the LGA statement in full

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