Mar 15, 2021

National bus strategy: What is happening to passenger numbers and funding?

Areas where running a bus service is the least lucrative for private operators, will rely most on council subsidy. According to figures from the Campaign for Better Transport, the amount spent on bus services by councils in England has fallen. If bus cuts and fare rises leave some people unable to get around, don't councils have a duty to do something about it? In fact, councils have very few specific obligations around buses, making them an easy target for councils as the cuts bite. Legal guidance suggests it would be difficult to challenge a council, if it could show it had assessed the needs of a local area and the impact of removing a bus service, particularly on elderly and disabled people. Councils can't let bus cuts leave a community that needs transport, with no transport service at all.

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