Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mayor's [Pounds Sterling]1.7bn Cuts 'Will Mean Route Closures and Fewer Buses'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mayor's [Pounds Sterling]1.7bn Cuts 'Will Mean Route Closures and Fewer Buses'

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Byline: KatharineBarney City Hall reporter

COMMUteRS were today warned they faced cuts to bus services after Boris Johnson disclosed he was slashing [pounds sterling]1.7 billion from his transport budget.

the Mayor intends the budget cut to be part of [pounds sterling]5 billion "efficiency savings" from his tube and bus budget which he announced last month.

But experts today claimed the [pounds sterling]1.7 billion figure meant the capital's bus system would be hit hard. the number of buses are likely to be reduced on some of the busiest services, while some routes could be dropped entirely.

Labour attacked the cuts, revealed at the Mayor's question time today. London Assembly member Val Shawcross said: "Far from being painless efficiency savings that we will barely notice, the Mayor's cuts are actually going to hit commuters hard and bus users the hardest.

"Reducing funding to the buses will mean rising fares while cutting the number of buses on the roads will inevitably lead to a poorer, less reliable service. …

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