Buses are under threat from cuts to three different funding streams. Firstly local authorities are cutting funding for socially necessary routes that are not commercially viable, which on the ground means weekend, evening and rural services cut. In some areas 100% of local authority bus subsidies are being phased out. Secondly the fuel tax rebate for bus fuel (known as BSOG) will be cut by 20% from 2012. Thirdly changes to the way that the free bus pass scheme is funded will mean that approximately £100 million will be lost to the bus sector.
Combined these cuts could tip bus services into a spiral of decline. This would be a huge mistake, because buses are invaluable for the economy, for communities and for the environment.
Campaign for Better Transport is running a national campaign called Save Our Buses (see http://falseeconomy.org.uk/campaigns/item/save-our-buses1). We are making the case for buses to decision makers and supporting local campaign groups. Our own click-able map is all about tracking bus cuts and can be found on our website, as can research on the value of buses and a campaigners guide. Get in touch to find out more.
- Further info: www.bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/save-our-buses
- Source: www.bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/save-our-buses/map
- Posted by: Sophie Allain at 10:28am on 13 April 2011
Does this cut affect you or someone you know?