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'Cutting funding for buses is a false economy'

Cuts to bus services are reaching "critical levels", a report from the Campaign for Better Transport has said.

It found a net reduction of £10m in local council spending on subsidies for bus services in England in the 2013-14 financial year.

Cumbria is considering axing funding for its entire service. One bus user, Joanne Sharp, told BBC Breakfast, "We need a bus service every day - it's a lifeline."

Martin Abrams from the Campaign for Better Transport explained why he thought council tax should subsidise transport: "For every £1 invested in buses, it creates about £3 to £5 of economic benefits. So to continue cutting funding for buses is essentially a false economy."

  • 11 Dec 2013
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