General Article Half of local authorities withdrawing buses after budgets are slashed by 15%

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Half of local authorities in England and Wales have cut funding for buses in the current financial year, with over £9 million wiped off support for services.

New research carried out by Campaign for Better Transport shows that since 2010, local authority funding for bus services has been slashed by 15 per cent (£44 million) with more than 2,000 routes being reduced or withdrawn entirely.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

‘Across the country, bus services are being lost at an alarming rate. Year on year cuts to budgets mean entire networks have now disappeared, leaving many communities with little public transport and in some cases none at all. We often hear from people with heart-breaking stories, who have been effectively cut off from society following cuts to their bus service. They are unable to access jobs, shops or public services, and are left in isolation with little contact with the outside world.’

Key findings from the researc...

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