Buses in ‘crisis’ as 3,000 routes reduced or scrapped
More than 3,000 bus routes have been cut back or withdrawn in England and Wales in the past eight years, transport campaigners have said
The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has announced that subsidies for buses has fallen by £20.5m, according to reports from the BBC.
The Government has said it allocates £250m a year to support bus services and £1bn for free travel for disabled and older people. Yet many councils, including Oxfordshire, Derby, Swindon and Wiltshire reduced their spending on buses to £0 between 2016 and 2018.
Britian’s bus routes have now shrunk to that last seen in the 1980’s.
Since 2010, 3,088 bus services in England and 259 in Wales have been “reduced, altered or withdrawn”, according to CBT.
The loss of these bus routes will naturally affect those with a need for public transport, for work or health care.
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