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Charity reveals extent of bus funding cuts, and how new funding settlement could reverse the decline

Funding for buses in England is almost £400 million a year lower than it was ten years ago, Campaign for Better Transport has revealed.

The Government's promised National Bus Strategy must herald a change in the way buses are funded, with a multi-year revenue funding settlement as well as capital support for the transition to a zero-emission bus fleet.

Following analysis of government datasets and data obtained from Freedom of Information requests to all local transport authorities in England, the new report on future funding for buses reveals that:

  • National Government support for buses is now £234 million a year lower than in 2009/10
  • Local authority funding for buses is £163 million lower in real terms compared to ten years ago – a reduction of over 40 percent.
  • More than half of local authorities have cut their financial support for buses by 50 per cent or more since 2009.
  • The result has been that well over 3,000 local authority supported bus services have been lost or reduced in a decade; 243 in the past year.