Bus fares increasing and services cut, says CBT
The Campaign for Better Transport has seized on the latest quarterly statistics on bus use from the Office of National Statistics as evidence of significant bus fare increases, while drawing attention to cuts in local authority bus budgets.
The ONS data for January to March 2015 show that over the last twelve months local bus fares have increased by 3.3 per cent, well above inflation, and at a higher rate than the price of motoring with the price of buying a car falling by 1.6 per cent and the price of petrol falling by 13.4 per cent.
“Bus users are finding themselves faced with the double whammy of having to endure ever rising bus fares while at the same time facing more and more cuts to essential bus services,” says Martin Abrams, public transport campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport.
“Our research shows that in this year alone £9million worth of cuts to local authority funding for supported bus services have been proposed or agreed across the country, leaving many people in rural areas with little or no bus services.
“We need to see more affordable fares and a stop to the devastating cuts to essential services to ensure people can use their local bus to access jobs, education, shops and hospitals.”