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More than 100 bus routes in England face cuts and cancellations

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At least 135 bus routes across England have been lined up for cutbacks or closures this summer as councils and bus operators grapple with falling passenger numbers, staff shortages and funding constraints.Changes to services include reduced frequency, fewer stops and some routes being cancelled.

Among the proposed cuts, some of which have already been implemented, are 16 routes in London, 25 in Liverpool and about 40 across the north-east.The cuts come after bus route coverage in England fell by more than a quarter between 2012 and 2021, according to figures from the Campaign for Better Transport.Many of the latest cuts are being blamed on falling passenger numbers after the pandemic, but rising costs are also an issue, while cuts in Kent are also related to a shortage of drivers.Labour’s transport secretary, Louise Haigh, said: “Communities across the country have been shafted by the Conservatives.

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