LGA responds to Campaign for Better Transport bus funding report

"The recent funding announcements came as a disappointment for many councils, with more than half of the areas that applied for more support receiving no funding and over a third of the country’s population missing out."


Green bus at traffic lights

Commenting on a report by the Campaign for Better Transport showing that government bus funding missed out large proportions of the UK, Cllr David Renard, Transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association said: 

“Buses play a vital role across the country – enabling people to shop, visit friends and family, get to work and access vital services, and for many people is a lifeline as they face the current cost of living crisis. More people travelling on buses also helps with climate change and reducing harmful emissions. 

“The recent funding announcements came as a disappointment for many councils, with more than half of the areas that applied for more support receiving no funding and over a third of the country’s population missing out. 

“This is a good example of the challenges presented by competitive funding, which can lead to areas with need missing out and uses up vital resources in councils that could be better spent on planning ahead for their communities.