MORE than six million bus miles have been lost in the Liverpool City Region over the past four years. According to data from the Department for Transport which was acquired by the BBC, the number of miles clocked up each year by buses in Britain has hit its lowest point in 28 years. In England, metropolitan areas, excluding London, have been worst hit in recent years, losing a tenth of vehicle miles since 2013-14 alone. Transport in St Helens is covered by the Merseytravel Committee of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which was formed in April 2014 after Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority was abolished. From 2013-2017, 6.49 million miles have been lost in the areas covered by Merseytravel – the equivalent of driving more than 260 times around the equator. The number of subsided miles lost in that period is 3.72 million, a 46.3 per cent increase. In spite of the significant loss of miles, buses remain the most popular form of public transport. Some five per cent of all trips in England are taken on the bus, compared to 2 per cent on the railways. Over the past four years, there were 413.6 million passenger journeys in the areas covered… Read full this story
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