Bus services could be cut by a THIRD as Covid emergency fund is axed

Bus services could be cut by a THIRD as Covid emergency funding is axed, experts fear

  • Bus services across the country could be cut by nearly a third, it is feared
  • The government’s emergency funding rolled out due to Covid is due to be cut
  • Bus operators and public transport groups say many routes will no longer be viable without support
  • Bus services across the country could be cut by nearly a third when emergency funding rolled out due to Covid is cut, it is feared.

    The Government has been urged to extend the funding by councils, bus operators and public transport groups who say many routes will no longer be viable without support.

    The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Bus Recovery Grant expires on April 5.

    Bus services across the country could be cut by nearly a third when emergency funding rolled out due to Covid is cut, it is feared (파일 이미지)

    Bus services across the country could be cut by nearly a third when emergency funding rolled out due to Covid is cut, it is feared (파일 이미지)

    David Renard, of the Local Government Association, said closing bus routes would have a ‘devastating impact’ on those who rely on them.

    More than £1.7billion has been given to bus operators to keep services running.

    The Bus Recovery Grant was introduced last year, providing operators and local authorities with £255.5million due to sharp declines in passenger numbers affecting revenues.

    The Bus Recovery Grant was introduced last year, providing operators and local authorities with £255.5million due to sharp declines in passenger numbers affecting revenues (파일 이미지)

    The Bus Recovery Grant was introduced last year, providing operators and local authorities with £255.5million due to sharp declines in passenger numbers affecting revenues (파일 이미지)

    The Confederation of Passenger Transport warned services could be cut by 30 per cent unless support continues.

    Jonathan Bray, of the Urban Transport Group, said he is ‘already beginning to see bus operators signal that some services will be stripped back or cut altogether’, urging the Government to ‘allow time for patronage to recover further’.

    Bus use in Britain is at 23 per cent below pre-pandemic levels. A DfT spokesman said the Government had committed to invest ‘over £3billion into bus services’.