25 Sep '13, 3pm

Fewer buses - higher fares - Annual Bus Statistics are out #SaveOurBuses

25 September 2013: Yesterday the annual bus statistics for England 2012/13 were released by the Department for Transport. The DfT release these stats every year and they often provide stark reading about the state of the nation’s buses. The majority of the headlines about the rising cost of public transport are about astronomical train fare rises but we must not forget about buses when talking about high fares. The annual bus statistics show that in this year alone fares have gone up by an average of 4.7 per cent, whilst the highest fare rises have been seen in non-metropolitan areas with a massive 5.7 per cent increase in the past year. Bus passenger numbers are also continuing to fall with 2.6 per cent less passenger journeys than the previous year meaning more than a 9 per cent fall since 2008. Today's figures show the dire consequences of government cuts to support for...

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