National £2 bus fare cap will be useless if buses are cut, warns Campaign for Better Transport

15 August 2022 

Responding to an article in today’s (15 August) Daily Telegraph by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in which he proposes a £2 bus fare cap for 12 months from October, Paul Tuohy, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: 

“Bus fares have risen at more than five times the current rate of inflation in the last decade – an unsustainable increase which has left many households struggling to afford to get around. We’ve been calling for more to be done to help with the cost of public transport, so we are glad the Government is listening. Whilst this cap will be welcome news for bus passengers, hundreds of bus routes are still under threat of closure from October, so unless addressed many people may find that they no longer have a bus to use the £2 fare on.” 

Mr Tuohy added: “With RPI set to hit 12 per cent this week, we hope the Government will match this help for bus passengers by announcing a rail fare freeze next.” 


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Notes to Editors

  • Bus fares have risen 63.83% in the last decade, vs 34% for rail fares and 36% for motoring costs. (source: RAC Foundation). 
  • 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).