Chancellor urged to remember buses in the budget

Chancellor urged to remember buses in the budget

Bus Users has signed a letter along with Campaign for Better Transport and more than 20 other organisations reminding the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the benefits of bus services and the need to fund them properly in the Budget. The letter calls for an urgent review of funding for bus services in England after councils across the country announced dramatic reductions in support for buses as part of cost-cutting measures. 

It points out that buses are excellent value for money; nearly five billion bus trips are made in Great Britain each year and bus  commuters help generate over £64 billion of economic output. Every £1 of public investment in buses provides between £3 and £5 of wider benefits to local economies and social and environmental wellbeing. 
The benefits of buses are felt across several Government Departments, including the Department of Work & Pensions, through providing jobseekers with access to  employment, the Department of Health, through access to healthcare and recreational facilities, and the Department for Education, through providing access to schools and colleges. 

The Government is asked to carry out 'a comprehensive and prompt review of bus funding that takes into account the vital role buses play economically, socially and environmentally, putting in place a long term funding settlement that would enable growth in this industry as we have seen in the railways.'

See the full text here


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