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Urgent Government action needed to protect bus services in Wales

Passengers in Wales are facing a series of cuts to services as Covid recovery funding comes to an end and a default speed limit of 20mph is introduced in built-up areas.

The cuts are likely to hit passenger numbers which, at 52 million in 2021/22, are still only around half of pre-pandemic levels.

Barclay Davies, Bus Users UK Director for Wales, is calling for urgent action from Government:

“It’s a worrying time for passengers. We are in a period of transition and that causes uncertainty for operators and passengers alike. Whether we have deregulated services or move towards a franchised network, this uncertainty will continue unless there is long term, ring-fenced funding to provide bus services that meet the needs of the communities they serve.

“The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) believes up to 25% of services could be cut over the next financial year without funding and we fully support their call for urgent investment in services and bus priority infrastructure.

“Buses are accessible and sustainable, reducing pollution and congestion, boosting the economy and providing a lifeline for communities. We need Government to act now to protect these vital services for the future.”

Bus Users 2023-08-23T11:55:08+01:00