An overdue apology
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16th August 2018
Bus service use is in decline in England, according to annual statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT). While bus use per person has increased by 52% in London over the last 25 years, it has fallen by 40% in other metropolitan areas.
During the inquiry, MPs will consider:
To investigate the above issues further, the Transport Committee want to hear your views.
You can submit written evidence by completing our online submission form.
The deadline for written submissions is Monday 24 September 2018.
We are particularly interested in evidence on:
Find out more about our bus market inquiry.
When announcing the inquiry, Committee Chair Lilian Greenwood said:
"There are a number of reasons for the sharp decline in bus use in England outside London over the past 25 years. Congestion, car ownership, an increase in online shopping, and reductions in local authority subsidies all play a part.
Our inquiry seeks to gather evidence about the health and future of the bus market.
We will look at operational factors including the impact of congestion and reliability. We'll be asking about the most effective models for bus companies.
The financing of buses, investment in services and value for money and progress since the Bus Services Act 2017 in metro and non-metro areas will all come under consideration.
Buses are a vital lifeline in many communities but with funding streams falling and fares rising, their availability and attractiveness to the travelling public is under threat.
A successful bus market can cut congestion, reduce social isolation, help the environment and offer a variety of economic benefits. I would encourage anyone with insight into this sector to submit evidence."
An overdue apology
The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into the decline of the bus market in England outside London.