Nine million fewer journeys were made in England, Scotland and Wales in 2018/19 compared with the previous 12 months, according to Department for Transport data. This coincides with an average rise in fares across England of 3.3 per cent, as well as cancelled routes.
Budgetary constraints mean councils are spending less on discretionary items such as free peak travel, post-school transport and supported rural services, hitting those who live outside cities the hardest. Buses account for 58 per cent of public transport journeys, whilst train journeys are on the rise, up 3.4 per cent compared with the previous year.
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