Bus recovery funding extended with an extra £130 million: transport charity reacts
19 August 2022
Responding to the announcement of up to £130 million of government funding to support English bus services from October 2022 to March 2023, Paul Tuohy from Campaign for Better Transport said:
“We welcome today’s announcement that Government will offer much needed funding to the bus network. The pandemic has had a lasting impact on passenger numbers and support is needed to attract passengers back and prevent hundreds of services from being cut. This funding will hugely benefit the many communities up and down the country who rely on buses to get around.
“However, it is not clear whether this temporary measure will prevent the large-scale cuts we have feared. Already we have seen a quarter of bus services in England vanish in the last decade. Government needs to implement long-term funding reform to make sure that everyone has access to affordable and reliable bus services which will be essential in a green transport future.”
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Notes to Editors
The Government’s announcement can be read on its website.
Campaign for Better Transport’s June 2022 research showed that more than a quarter of English bus services have been lost in a decade, and that services were cut by 16 per cent in the first year of the pandemic alone.
Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport’s vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).