Bus Users UK is calling on the Chancellor to protect the Bus Services Operators’ Grant (BSOG) in the forthcoming spending review.
The organisation claims that removal of the grant could see bus passengers facing a 10% increase in fares, marginalising vulnerable people and causing hardship for those on the lowest incomes.
Bus Users believes that its removal would not only lead to a 10% increase in fares but could see bus services cut by 10%.
The Rt Hon Norman Baker, Chairman of Bus Users, said: “Around 2.5 million people rely on buses every day, while a further 3.8 million use the bus for shopping.
“Buses carry nearly three times more passengers a year than rail and for millions of people they provide a lifeline, enabling them to engage in society and contribute to the nation’s economy.
“The economic and social benefits of the BSOG are considerable and we would urge Government to safeguard this vital, yet relatively modest, source of funding.”