The Bus Service Operators Grant is paid directly to bus firms, and helps both commercial and subsidised buses. Effectively it is a partial fuel tax rebate for buses. Bus companies and councils in England have been given 18 months to prepare for a 20% reduction starting in April 2012. However in Januray 2012 the Welsh Government announced a 25% cut to this grant with only 3 months warning. This is likely to mean bus cuts and higher fares.
The LTSG for 2012/13 was cut by 27%, and this will have an impact on subsidised buses in 22 unitary authorities . In some rural areas the LTSG funds 50% of supported services. There are concerns that the LTSG cut will have an effect on the services to more isolated areas, and evening and Sunday services. It appears that most places in Wales have not yet suffered bus cuts, however if you know something that we don’t we would be very interested to hear from you.
Last updated Feb 2012
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