Unless they change course, five more years of a Tory Government will deliver five more years of failure to fix our broken bus industry.
At the current rate, the threat of five more years of a Tory Government will see:
Fares rise to 59% more than 2010.
Falling operating costs and rising revenue caused by higher fares leading to growing profit for private bus companies. Operating profit will grow by £3.5 billion over the next parliament, rising to £5,156 million more than 2010.
A reduction of nearly 5000 bus routes between 2010 and 2022.
Higher fares and cuts to bus routes will see bus passenger numbers fall by 13 per cent compared to 2010, with the number of elderly and disabled passengers using local bus services in England falling by nearly 20 per cent.
Labour has a plan to fix our broken bus industry which includes:
Extending the powers to re-regulate local bus services to the local council if it wants them – not just to those combined authorities with an elected mayor
Overturning the government’s ban on municipal bus companies, so that the council will have the power to establish a community bus company
Commenting on Labour research demonstrating the impact that 5 more years of Conservative government on local bus services, Nic Dakin MP said:
“The Tories policy of deregulating bus services has been a total failure: in Yorkshire and the Humber we have seen fares rise as patronage has plummeted.
“In Yorkshire and the Humber bus passenger journeys have fallen by 28 million since 2010.”
“Labour will give London-style powers to regulate buses to passengers, so that bus services can be ran in the interests of passengers. There are too many areas in our area where pensioners have a bus pass but no bus.”
“For too long the bus industry has been allowed to put profit before passengers. A Labour Government will change that.”