Bus use in England down

The latest annual statistics from the Department for Transport shows the number of passenger journeys in England fell by 70million between 2016 and 2017.

The fall of 1.5% saw journey numbers down to 4.44billion in England, with bus use in London down by 2.3%. Newspapers have pointed to funding cuts, an increase in car ownership and the popularity of online shopping to account for the decline.

Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK believes buses need to be seen as the solution, not the problem: “The rise in car ownership, cuts in bus services and a lack of priority measures for buses mean our town and city centres are becoming increasingly congested and polluted. Bus journey numbers may be down, but buses are still the most widely used form of public transport across the UK - it’s about time transport planning and investment reflected this.”

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