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"...The vital role that rural buses play, linking people to shops, jobs, services, friends and family, should not be underestimated..."

  • 28 July 2014

    Last week the Government’s Transport Select Committee published a report on Passenger Transport in Isolated Communities. We welcome this report which is at times a damning portrait of the current lack of  public transport in isolated areas. This report provides a detailed look at why it is...

  • 04 July 2014

    Natalie Ntim is Assistant National Officer for Unison and has recently written a report entitled 'Counting the cost: how cuts are shrinking women's lives'. This crucial report delves into how cuts to Local Authority budgets are having a disproportionate and hugely detrimental impact on women's...

  • 24 June 2014

    Ray Wilkes leads Campaign for Better Transport West Yorkshire Local Group and has been campaigning for sustainable public transport for many years. We asked Ray to write a guest blog giving his take on the state of the nation's buses whilst continuing our theme of focussing on Yorkshire. Here...

  • 12 June 2014

    Over the last few months and weeks almost every news story on buses in North Yorkshire has been bleak. Firstly, last year North Yorkshire County Council proposed to cut £1.1 million, almost 30 per cent of its funding for supported bus services, and carried out a public consultation. 

  • 08 April 2014

    It’s very easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom of bus cuts, but there are many good people who stand up and fight against them, Tracy Battensby is one such person and she tells her inspiring story here...

  • 20 March 2014

    Eyes down! This week the Chancellor stood at the despatch box and delivered his ‘bingo budget’, but there was nothing for buses in his statement.

  • 11 March 2014

    Today we sent a clear message to the Chancellor George Osborne that enough is enough and action needs to be taken to halt the decline of our bus services across the country.

  • 01 March 2014

    The concessionary bus pass is often criticised as a subsidy to rich pensioners. But in fact it's a vital part of everyday life for millions of people. Each of the 9.7 million concessionary passes held by older and disabled people is used an average of 105 times a year. Pensioners on the lowest...

  • 14 February 2014

    Recently we heard the great news that Lancashire County Council had u-turned on a decision to cut £3.8m from its bus funding over two years. This could have meant many vital bus routes being cut completely, which would have caused social isolation and misery for thousands of people who depend on...

  • 07 February 2014

    We are only one month into 2014 but already we have seen a significant number of Local Authorities making financially agonising decisions to cut funding for vital supported bus services. From what we have seen so far 2014 could really be the year that Local Government spending cuts really start...

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