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National bus strategy: Are Government efforts reversing the decline?

Kate Ingleton’s life depends on the bus. Every day she has early morning starts and late-night finishes travelling between Kirkstall and Moortown Corner for her retail job in Leeds.

Since the start of the year the latest round of cuts has reduced her regular Number 49 bus service from six to five and then down to four an hour. “Devastating,” is how she describes the impact.

“Late-night finishes worry me because if they cut the last 49 from town, I won’t be able to get home from work. I can’t afford £12 for a taxi four times a week on top of the £75 a month I pay for the bus. Things are getting so bad, I’m considering asking my employer for a change in location of where I work.”

Cathie McCartan sympathises. She relies on the bus to get to her Sheffield business because of a visual impairment. But, infrequent services are forcing her to move.

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