Devon council gives government bus warning

Devon County Council has warned the government that the future of local bus services would be affected by any national spending cuts or price rises.

The council told the Commons Transport Committee its transport budget would be cut by 17% from April.

The cut will see its £7.76m annual budget cut by £1.35m.

In written evidence to the committee, it added: "The prospects for local bus transport are bad; the prospects for rural bus services are far worse."

The Local Government Association (LGA) said the government spending review would mean reduced transport coverage and higher fares.

In written evidence the LGA said: "The [government's] spending review will affect bus passengers by making it harder for councils and operators to maintain the current number of routes and by increasing fares.

"Neither effect can be either predicted or controlled by councils, or national government."

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