According to the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), communities across the UK are facing a 30% cut in bus services as operators prepare for the 31 March deadline on Covid Recovery funding.
In response, Bus Users is calling on Government to take urgent action to protect these lifeline services.
Letter to Grant Shapps MP,Â Secretary of State for Transport
We wrote to Sharon Maddix on 17 January raising concerns over the crisis facing UK bus services as the deadline looms on Covid Recovery funding. Despite the urgency of this matter we have yet to receive a response.
The current crisis has been compounded by driver shortages and a fall in passenger numbers as operators continue to battle the effects of the pandemic and negative messaging around safety on public transport. Given the notice required for the withdrawal of bus routes, operators are already being forced to register major cuts in preparation for 31 March.
According to the Confederation of Passenger Transport, we could be facing a 30% reduction in bus services that would have devastating and far-reaching consequences for the UK.
Buses are a lifeline relied on by millions of people, business and communities to provide access to jobs, vital healthcare services and education. They are also critical to economic recovery, decarbonisation targets and the Governmentâ€™s own levelling up agenda.
Please respond, outlining what action Government plans to take to protect this inclusive, accessible and sustainable form of transport.