Campaign for Better Transport says the latest statistics for local bus passenger journeys in England demonstrate the impact of local transport cuts and bus fare increases with ridership down by 1.7 per cent since last year while fares have increased by 2.2 per cent in metropolitan areas and 6.6 per cent in non-metropolitan areas, according to the Department for Transport‘s Quarterly Bus Statistics for England April-June 2018.
“The falling number of passengers taking the bus is a consequence of continued cuts in funding to support services,” says Darren Shirley, newly-appointed chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport. “Nationally and locally this is resulting in fewer services and higher fares. The statistics back up what our research has been showing for years: that buses are in crisis.
“They are vital for the economy and the environment but year on year people, especially in rural areas, are losing their bus service making it difficult to access jobs, education and other essential public services.”
“In the Budget at the end of October, the Government needs to ensure it supports and encourages local bus services rather than continuing the trend of cutting the budget each year.”