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70 bus services have already been cut or withdrawn because the council has cut its buses budget by £1.3 million in 2011. This equates to 54% of the counties supported bus network being affected. On top of this home to school transport will face severe cut backs.

Northumberland County Council has increased its support for buses this year.

The Local Transport Plan funding has been cut by approximately 50% therefore priority has been given to maintaining existing assets with only small scale, low cost highway schemes such as bus priorities planned.

Around £250,000 has been cut from the buses budget this year, although it is still unclear how many bus services will be lost as a result. Support for post-16 travel and denominational school travel is under threat, although the final decision has been deferred for one year.

The council has agreed to introduce a series of measures that will cut costs in public transport services, including a cut of at least £101,000 in supported services.

"Some people here face losing services entirely or having them reduced to near useless levels." Margaret Colley

The budget for supported buses has dropped from £1,900,000 in 2010/11 to £1,700,000 in 2011/12. The number of bus services that have been reduced or withdrawn as a result is 16. The number of bus services that received subsidies in 2010/11 was 68 or 10% of the network.

"Less frequent buses to university affects my punctuality to lectures." Nicola Waring

The council has told us that 5 buses are being reduced or withdrawn this year. This is better than the 12 at risk bus services that were listed in the council minutes. The council has told us that this year the bus budget has actually gone up from £6,525,000 in 2010/11 to £7,083,000 in 2011/12. However council minutes make clear that reductions are likely into the future. Reducing Public Transport Information and the removal of the Real Time information service are the result of a further £275k budget reduction.

The transport authority in Manchester had to make savings of around £6.5 million in 2011/12. The concessionary fare for children increased from a flat 80 pence fare to half fare.

Merseytravel’s block funding grant from the Department for Transport has been slashed by two thirds. From September2011 the bus pass for post 16 students will be lost.

The amount spent on buses in 2010/11 was £1883035 and the amount allocated to buses in 2011/12 is £ 1962000. There have been no services lost due to subsidy cuts by this council. 

The council is continuing to support the same bus routes but there are now fewer buses running on those routes, and there will also be a pre-9.30am charge of 20p for concessionary fares.

The budget for buses was reduced by £38,000 in 2011/12 but so far we are not aware of any bus cuts as a result in the area.

"From April nobody will be able to travel in Ryedale after about 7pm unless they drive. What will that mean to evening workers, theatre, restaurant and pub users, teenagers and visitors who haven’t a car" Eden Blyth

In England’s largest county £600,000 has been cut from the bus budget, resulting in all supported evening, Sunday and bank holiday services being axed.

There have been 7 bus services withdrawn and 13 services reduced.

METRO are looking to review bus services to reduce spending by 25%.

The council agreed to cut the public transport budget by £1.2 million. The council pays for 15% of bus services in the county. This year the bus budget reduced from £5,800,000 in 2010/10 to £5,100,000 in 2011/12 and as a result 33 buses have been reduced or withdrawn.

Number of bus services that will be reduced or withdrawn is still unclear.  A review of bus policy is underway which is proposed to be adopted in April 2012 to deliver Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS). Savings of £1 million during 2012/13 and 2013/14.

The council has cut 1 million from its buses budget, and as a result 84 bus services have been reduced or withdrawn, with 6 of these being routes that have disappeared altogether.

“These cuts are absolutely devastating." Michael Barlow

Northamptonshire have decided to phase out completely support for bus services and instead fund demand responsive services.  In total 95 buses, or 53% of the network received some support from the council in 2010/11, so the impact on the county will be huge. In July 2011 we were told that 17 buses had already been withdrawn and 11 had been reduced. A further 16 previously subsidised routes have been taken on commercially. 

Good news; the council plans to increase support for bus services this year and over the following two years. No bus cuts are anticipated.

The amount spent of supported buses in 2010/11 was £437479.16, and this dropped to £399558.79 in 2011/12.The council subsidises 11 buses, or 46% of the network. As far as we know this budget cut has only translated into two bus services being reduced or withdrawn this year.

All subsidised services were reviewed in the summer of 2011 for re-tendering, and the council ran a public consultation on the issue of bus subsidies.

So far 22 buses have been reduced or withdrawn by the council and 137,018 passenger journeys will be affected. The council have told us that they supported 95 buses or 53% of the network last year. The amount spent on buses 2010/11 was £3629544 although this has been reduced in 2011/12 to £3206045. There are 22 buses that have been reduced or withdrawn, although 6 of these will benefit from a council school bus replacing the service.

The council has stated its intention to protect their network of rural routes for as long as people use them, and has introduced a cut price bus fare scheme for young people. However bus cuts have been made because of cuts to the amount bus companies are paid for concessionary fares.

The council has decided to cut supported evening buses, and to cut back on faith school bus passes whilst also making savings from home to school and post 16 transport provision. Already 53 buses have been withdrawn or reduced.

"My 85 year old dad is liable to lose the only bus service he relies on three or four times a week." Dan Alliband, Redditch

The number of bus services that have been reduced or withdrawn is a huge 119.

The Authority behind Centro has cut back on its budget however how this will affect the bus network has yet to be seen.

"Losing all evening services from Cambridge means my husband won't be able to get the bus home from work." Sarah Chipendo, Burwell

A legal challenge against the Cambridgeshire County Council means a U-turn on bus cuts is likely, with the proposal to slash support by 100% support now under review. However 1,729,061 passenger journeys and 84 services across the Country remain at risk.

"If you happen to live outside the town centre as I do and want to travel back after 6.30pm you are now more reliant on taxis or friends offering a lift. The worry is that Central Beds Council may well be looking to make further savings in the following year." Chris Kennett, Dunstable

Already 27 bus services have been reduced or withdrawn as the council cuts bite. The number of bus services that received subsidies 2010/11 was 73 or 53% of the network, and council spending on bus support was £1,852,717. The amount allocated to buses this in 2011/12 was £1,392,992.

"Services are already very poor outside of peak times so any further cuts will leave people even more isolated." Steve Abrahall

In Essex 18 buses have been reduced or withdrawn. The number of bus services that received subsidies in 2010/11 was 193 or 48% of the network. The amount spent on buses in 2010/11 was £11376577 and in 2011/12 this dropped to £11076846.

The council told us that 20 buses have been reduced or withdrawn effecting 127900 passenger journeys annually. In 2010/11 the council supported 268 bus or 58.4% of the network. In 2010/11 they spent £6,480,000 on supporting buses but in 2011/12 this was reduced to £6,289,000.

"I live in a rural area and there are no buses after 6pm. If you need to go out in the evening you have to take a car." Sonia Williams

The council has reduced its budget for buses from £41000000 in 2010/11 to £25000000 in 2011/12, and 31 buses have already been reduced or withdrawn.

"The Explore card is to be stopped; it will affect both my children. My daughter who has autism has been travelling on the bus to town with carers... this is a very important step for her." Isabel

The county has reduced or withdrawn 45 buses, and the amount spent on subsidised buses has dropped from £3,981,599.32 in 2010/11 to £2,100,000 in 2011/12. Also the council is cutting its concessionary bus pass for young people.

Already 22 Sunday and evening bus services have been reduced or withdrawn.

"My partner finds the buses so unreliable he has a car, which would not otherwise be required. It is a huge financial burden on our low income." Jane Wilde

£500,000 to be withdrawn from tendered buses over two years, which could mean higher fares and fewer buses. 18 council supported bus services have been reduced so far.

The council have reduced or withdrawn 112 buses and have reduced their spending on socially necessary buses from £6,900,000 in 2010/11 to £ 5,400,000 in 2011/12.

"Losing the 33 and 33a buses will mean no direct route to Newport."  Peter Boggett, Ryde

In November 2010 it was reported that the council was looking to cease its Wight Bus from 31 August 2011 (saving £75,000 in 2011/12 and £150,000 in a full year). However, from April 2011, bus operator Southern Vectis has reported that it will continue running all non-commercially viable services that the council currently funds.

The council is reducing its bus budget, 15 buses have been impacted and 408 journeys a day will be affected. Young people are also being asked to pay an additional £50 for their ‘freedom bus pass’.

The council plans to cut £2 million from their support for buses over the next few years. However, in 2011/12 the council tell us only 6 routes were reduced or withdrawn as a result of funding changes.

The councils’ spending on buses reduced by £1.7million in 2010. The council has been running a three phase consultation on their bus cuts plans.

The council told us that there had been no bus cuts yet, although 9 buses would shortly be withdrawn or reduced. The budget for supporting bus services has reduced from £1335536.2 to £1545165 between 2010/11 and 2011/12.  In 2010/11 the council subsidised 23 buses.

The council has decided to go ahead and cut £2 million from supported bus services over three years. There are 31 buses to be withdrawn or reduced as a result in 2011/12. Also the young people's discount bus fare card will now cost £50 per year.

"For people who rely on the bus and have no alternative means of transport, they’ll be absolutely stranded." Barbara Gordon

Cuts to non-statutory concessionary travel could be on the cards as the council faces a 13.5% cut to its budget this year.

The council is reducing the times within which the concessionary passes are valid to the statutory minimum. By making savings in this way it hopes to have more money left to continue support for evening and weekend bus services. None the less 18 buses have been reduced or withdrawn and this impact 3000 passenger journeys annually.

"When cuts to services get too bad, the only option is to drive. This makes the public transport even less profitable and leads to further cuts." Janet Chapman

Rural bus services in Devon are facing a cut of £1.3 million, putting socially necessary routes in jeopardy. The council has told us that 81 services have already been reduced or withdrawn. In better news Exeter bus campaigners are making an impact on fares.

The council have tried a new type of tendering for public transport, joining up school, social service and local buses to create what they hope will be a simpler and cheaper system.

Gloucestershire County Council has concluded the first stage of a consultation concerning a complete review of its current public transport network of 150 supported services as part of a plan to reduce bus subsidy by £2 million.

The 2011 budget proposals include cuts in funding to sustainable travel, road safety, public transport, school transport and concessionary fares. The number of bus services that received subsidies in 2010/11 was 28 or 58.3% of the network.

"My son is partially sighted and relies on the buses. He is not able to learn to drive" Sally Lever

The council's decision to half it’s spending on supported buses will affect 12% of buses. This is better than first feared, but 54 buses have been reduced or withdrawn already.

No buses have been cut by the council.

There are 37 buses that are reduced or withdrawn as a result on cuts in the councils allocation for supporting buses. In 2010/11 the council spent £5482864 on supporting 134 buses, or 92% of the network. In 2011/12 the amount allocated was reduced to £4822860.

Bus cuts are also on the cards for Scotland, although according to the Scottish Parliament subsidised buses will only lose £200,000 this year. In most areas the number and depth of bus cuts have not yet been announced.

The Welsh Government has announced 25% cut to the Bus Service Operator Grant from April 1st 2012. This is a fatser and deeper cut than in England. The Local Transport Services Grant (LTSG) has also been cut by 27% in 2012/13. 

"I believe good, reliable public transport is the only way to get people out of their cars – better for health and the environment." Fay Watson

Bus operators bid to provide the services Transport for London wish to run, which makes things different than in the rest of the country. There has been a £5 billion cut to Transport for London’s budget over 5 years, but the authority tell us there will only be a marginal reduction in bus services.

"I can't drive because I have epilepsy so the planned bus cuts will have a massive impact on my ability to get out and about." Gloria McShane

The budget for supported buses has been cut by £100,000 although the council has not decided which buses to cut yet. Data we have obtained shows that 1,786 journey miles per day and an average of 2,439 passengers per day are at risk. 

The council has decided to cut all subsidised buses in Hartlepool. Last year they supported 13 buses, which amount to 17% of the bus network. The budget in 2010/11 for these services was £434,236.

The council has cut back the concessionary fares scheme to its statutory limits but has been able to find money to maintain the Teen Mover arrangements.

The council's consultation on its budget proposals included a reduction of up to £550,000 from the support it provides to bus services. They are waiting for the Medium Term Financial Plan to be finalised before they are able to know how many bus services will be effected. Potentially 9006 passenger journeys per week are at risk. 

The council has cut support to seven buses impacting on 1071 passenger journeys per week.  Stockton-on-Tees council has cut its support to bus services from £548165 last year to £313799 last year.

Council cuts to bus subsidies have led to 16 services being reduced or withdrawn, with 50,000 passenger journeys being affected. The amount spent on buses in 2010/11 was £ 715000, but this has reduced to £416000 in 2011/12.

No firm news on buses as yet, but in general the council is making it known that the range of central Government funding cuts are, in their view, deep and unfair.

The council is losing 19% of its budget and transport services have been severely impacted, including many school services.

The bus budget has been reduced from £1518194 in 2010/11, to £1368194 in 2011/12. The council tell us that 9 bus services have already been reduced or withdrawn.

The council are in general making cuts of around £40 million this year, and bus support has been reduced by £41000, but so far this has only seen an impact on 2 buses.


A whole range of changes have been made to time tables and as a result 4408 passenger journeys per year will no longer be possible. The number of bus services that received subsidies in the 2010/11 was 25 or 54% of the bus network.

The council only ever subsidised 1% of the bus network or10 buses. There have been 4 buses reduced or withdrawn this year as a result of funding cuts.

Operators First and Arriva have announced reductions to their timetables following Leicester City Council's budget cuts, which saw £500,000 axed from subsidies for the next financial year. The council has told us that 7 buses have already been reduced or withdrawn, impacting on 361,000 passenger journeys per year.

Good news; the council plans to increase support for bus services this year and over the following two years. No bus cuts are anticipated.

The council has decided to withdraw almost all subsidies for supported bus services! There will 39 services that are impacted by this budget cut. The budget has fallen from £407,000 in 2010/11 to just £82, 000 in 2011/12.  Cuts will “leave some communities with little or no access to public transport”. The cuts may affect as many as 925,000 bus journeys a year.

The council is reviewing public transport services including changes to supported bus services. However between 2010/11 to 2011/12 the budget for buses actually went up a little.

The council has slightly increased its support for buses and passengers have not suffered bus cuts.

No buses have been lost this year, and it is not known how buses will fare over the next two years.

There have been no cuts to support for public buses, but school transport has been hit hard by budget cuts.

Southend Borough Council withdrew all bus services subsidy on 1st April 2005 so there is nothing left to cut!

Thurrock Council made a £200,000 cut to the budget for subsidising bus services between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

The council have not cut any buses and have increased their budget for supporting buses this year from £698,256 in 2010/11 to £731,702 in 2011/12.

There have been no buses withdrawn or reduced, and the budget for subsidised buses has been increased between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

A Freedom Pass will be introduced for young bus users in Medway. One bus that used to get council subsidy has been cut.

The number of bus services that received subsidies in the 2010/11 was38 or 53.5% of the network. The amount spent on buses in 2010/11 was £2456553. The amount allocated to buses in 2011/12 is £2335049.

The council is taking £351k out of the budget for supported services over three years. The number of bus services that received subsidies in 2010/11 was 25 or 15% of the network. The number of bus services that will be reduced is 8 and the number of passenger journeys impacted is 80000 per annum.

Reading buses is one of the few operators owned by the council so situation here is a little different. In September 2010 it was reported that Reading Borough Council had cut its spending on buses by more than £200,000. 

The amount allocated for buses has gone up from £341323 in 2010/11 to £350200 in 2011/12. Two evening Sunday journeys on one bus route have been withdrawn.

A reduction in bus subsidies will see cuts to services, dial-a-ride and night marshals. The council have told us that 6 services have been reduced. The number of bus services that received subsidies in 2010/11 was 16 or 10% of the network. The amount spent on buses in 2010/11 was £798037, and this dropped to £680700 in 2011/12.

There have been no bus cuts here, and the budget for supporting bus services has slightly increased. In 2010/11 £ 826,000 was spent on supporting buses and in 2011/12 this increased to £827,000. The council in 2010/11 supported 18 buses or 62% of the network.

Wokingham Council hope that their support for bus services will grow. They are reviewing tendered services but no cuts planned this year.

The council have agreed to reduce support to bus services by £75,000 each year for four years.  So far 4 buses have been reduced and the funding to support buses has dropped from £687757 in 2010/11 to £550000 in 2011/12.

The council wants to ‘rationalise non-statutory passenger transport contracts’ from September 2011 by cutting £600,000 from the budget. But the details of what this will mean for bus passengers is not yet clear.

The council spent £456905 on supporting non-commercial buses in 2010/11, but this was reduced to £386001 in 2011/12. However the council tell us that any changes to buses are to imrove services rather than to save money.

The amount allocated to support non-commercial buses has dropped from £864344 to £771,665, however only two buses have been effected.

Already 19 buses have been effected by cuts to support for non-commercial services.

The council has reduced its budget for supporting buses from £210532 in 2010/11 to £195800 in 2011/12. However no bus services have been reduced or withdrawn.

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