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It's been a year of major challenges and exceptional highlights for the bus industry and the communities it serves. Here's a look back at some of the outstanding stories from 2018. To all our friends and supporters, we wish you the very best for 2019.

Putting passengers first

There have been a number of national consultations and enquiries by the Transport Select Committee including the Health of the Bus Market, the Rural Economy and Mobility as a Service. We will continue to participate in these enquiries to make sure that the needs of passengers and communities are at the heart of policy development   Read more

Shrinking bus network

Analysis by the BBC found British bus networks are at a 28 year low, with 134m miles of bus routes lost in the past decade thanks to rising car use and cuts to public funding  Read more


As part of Catch the Bus Week, we ran a competition to find out why people love their bus, by posting their #ilovemybus selfies and captions  Read more

Bus drivers 'safest on road'

A survey of road users carried out by Continental Tyres found bus drivers to be the most considerate and safest drivers on the road Read more

Beating depression

Research that followed 18,000 people for more than a decade finds that access to a free bus pass for elderly people reduces depression and loneliness and increases social engagement  Read more
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Clean air for Scotland

Four Low Emission Zones were established in Scotland with funding from Scottish Government to retrofit buses with low emission upgrades  Read more

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Most scenic bus route

Bus Users UK sponsored a public vote to find Britain's most scenic bus route, raising awareness of some of our best-loved bus journeys and attracting national press coverage along with 15,000 votes for the winning route  Read more

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New status for Bus Users UK

In 2018, Bus Users UK officially became a registered charity with a new mission: to bring people and communities together through socially inclusive transport
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Happy birthday Bus Pass

As the Bus Pass celebrated its 10th anniversary, Government announced plans to protect free bus travel for older and disabled people for the 'foreseeable future'  Read more

Combating isolation

With loneliness in the UK reaching epidemic levels, a report from Greener Journeys suggested a third of people deliberately catch the bus for some human contact  Find out more

Clean air funding

Transport Minister, Nusrat Ghani, announced a £40m funding package from the Government’s clean Bus Technology Fund to enable 20 local authorities to retrofit buses with clean technology   
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Wales 'keeps buses moving'

Ken Skates, Economy Secretary for Welsh Government, announced £25million funding for local authorities to support socially necessary bus and community transport services  Read more

Connecting Scotland

Bus Users Scotland was invited to appear before the Scottish Government’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to discuss the country’s bus services   
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Do you or don't you?

2018 was the year that thanking the bus driver became the ‘ultimate character test’ according to hordes of memes that flooded social media  Read more

Unintended consequences

A report by Professor David Begg suggested that the seven year freeze on fuel duty led to a 4% rise in traffic, a fall in rail and bus use, and increased levels of congestion and pollution   Read more

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