Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Industry Chiefs Dispute Report of Increased Driver Numbers

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Industry Chiefs Dispute Report of Increased Driver Numbers

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THE number of people working as bus drivers is soaring - despite cuts to services and falling passenger numbers.

The latest Labour Force Survey figures show that there were 14,000 bus and coach drivers working in the north west in September last year.

The majority of these (12,500) were men, while there were also 1,500 women.

The overall figure has jumped from 10,500 in 2013 - a rise of a third in just five years.

The increase comes despite passenger numbers continuing to drop.

The latest figures from the Department for Transport show that 408 million local passenger journeys were made by bus in our region in 2016/17 - the lowest figure that modern records show.

But industry leaders disputed the figures. Martin Allen, from the Bus and Coach Association, said: "I don't agree that there is an increase in drivers to the bus and coach industry. …

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