You’ll notice bus cuts when your neighbours lose their independence

The Campaign for Better Transport has published alarming new research on cuts to subsided services, which often cover rural routes [Image: Alamy].

Is your bus service targeted?

Check the interactive map site to find out.

For five years colossal cuts to local bus services have decimated provision across much of Britain yet, despite the impact on people’s lives, the losses have failed to register in the same ways as cuts to other public services.At a time when almost nothing in local government has been left unscathed by the budget-slashing scythe you may wonder if cash being shaved from bus services matters. It does – immensely.

Every day millions of people rely on local buses to get to work, school, their GPs, supermarkets, and even to stave off isolation and loneliness. Research shows that for older and poorer people, as well as for those with disabilities, buses can be the difference between being able to get around and feeling trapped, especially in rural areas with few other options. Buses are critical to the economy of local communities too, ensuring people can get to or find employment, and can spend their money with local businesses.

But here we are with cuts to services already running into millions of pounds and another tranche on the horizon. The Campaign for Better Transport has published some alarming new research on cuts to supported bus services in England and Wales – those that receive funding from local authorities and often cover non-metropolitan or isolated routes.

Massive cuts of more than £27m are on the cards, and many isolated and rural areas will be left “with little or no bus services”. The campaigners have launched an interactive map to show exactly where the hatchet is falling.

Source: You’ll notice bus cuts when your neighbours lose their independence | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian

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15 thoughts on “You’ll notice bus cuts when your neighbours lose their independence

  1. caravaggio12

    I live in East Devon, I moved in just over 5 years ago. Since then my bus service has been decimated. I used to go up to my brother’s pub for a pint with friends on a Wednesday & gat the 9.15 bus home. The last bus now is just after 7pm. There is no bus into Exeter between 7.50 & 10.am in the morning. The X53, one of the most beautiful routes in the country has been decimated, & no longer runs on a Sunday! We are supposed to be a tourist destination. They are spending £4MILLION on a TOURIST CENTRE! I had friends down from Scotland, we went out for dinner on a Monday night, could not get a bus or Taxi home! Sidmouth which has a Theatre & a Cinema is 20 mins away, £30 taxi each way. We have no cinema, or entertainment locally, Since I moved here it feels as if one is marooned!!! By the way I always foloow your blogs! Keep up the good work!

  2. mohandeer

    So how are people supposed to get to work – sprout wings? What happens if you are jobless or disabled, how do you get to the Job Centre – or am I missing the point? ie. Sanctions work better when you impose unachievable goals?

  3. roybeiley

    Not to worry. No doubt Osborne has already agreed with his Chinese mates to flood the country with bikes made of their dodgy steel which they are already unable to sell at a good price. Got to keep the death rate up by hook or by crook

  4. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    Why on earth would Cameron & Co be concerned about everyday decent working peoples’ loss of public transport services when they can be chauffeur driven around in luxury limousines at public expense? Give them a break Mike!

  5. David

    I can’t imagine how difficult rural bus routes are for people when they have been targeted in this way. In Sheffield, after a major reorganisation of bus routes we have fewer buses and our local service no longer connects with the main road back into town. Still, reorganisations like this are known to the bus companies as ‘enhancements’ where profits are enhanced as services are cut.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      They’re herding us OUT of many towns with high rental prices.
      I don’t think they know where they want us to go – other than away from them.

  6. Helen Jackson

    The government never tires of telling us all to save the planet and use public transport. They can’t seem to make the connection between people using public transport and actually making it available!

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