Lack of government funding is putting nearly half of all bus routes in England under threat. Campaigners fear that this trend will impact mostly children, the disabled and the elderly.
The Local Government Association warned the partial or complete subsidies recieved from councils to finance the scheme fell short by a staggering £652 million.
Despite free off-peak bus passes for over-65s and disabled customers been protected law, peak time travel for the elderly have both been slashed
Cuts has also led to rural bus services, disabled and post-16 school transport being slashed.
16,400 bus routes in England are self supporting, while 8,460 routes rely entirely on financial support to remain operating
Campaigners say more than 3,000 bus routes have been cut back or withdrawn in England and Wales in the past eight years.
LGA transport spokesman Martin Tett said: “Due to significant funding pressures and the underfunding of the national free bus pass scheme, councils have been forced to reduce or scale back these services.”
The number of local bus passenger journeys in England fell by 85 million or 1.9 per cent in the year ending March 2018, according to recent Department for Transport figures.