The distance travelled by local bus services in Wales has dropped by 20% in 10 years, latest figures collated by the BBC show.
Wales has seen the biggest percentage drop in bus miles (between 2006-2007 and 2016-2017) compared to the other UK nations.
Wales’ 19.5% decline is 13.4% more than in England, 4.4% more than in Scotland, and 13.5% more than in Northern Ireland. It means that the 130 million bus journeys in 2008/09 has now fallen to 100 million journeys.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Russell George AM, said:
“The consistent failures of the Welsh Labour Government is clearly having a devastating impact on bus services across Wales.
“People across the country rely on public transport for a variety of reasons, from doing their weekly shop to visiting relatives in hospital, but the drop in bus provision shouldn’t come as a surprise after the significant cuts made by the Welsh Government to operator grants.
“It is a particular disappointment to see the distances travelled by buses in Wales fall so sharply at a time when people across our country are becoming more environmentally conscious.
“Welsh Conservatives would increase support for local bus services as we demonstrated in our recent ‘green card’ pledge for free bus travel to all 16-24 year olds in Wales.
“Sadly, under Welsh Labour, services are wasting away leaving urban communities waiting for overcrowded buses, and those in rural areas waiting hours for a bus, if one even turns up at all.”
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Link to the BBC article - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42990217