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Rural Bus Services

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services have been lost in Suffolk in each of the past five years. (82727)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) do not keep the statistics requested by county. They do, however, compile this information according to traffic area. The number of new and cancelled bus services by traffic area from 1998-2005 were provided in an answer give by my predecessor on 16 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2505-6W.

The following table shows the figures for 2005-06 which are now available.

Traffic area

New

Cancelled

North Eastern

578

554

North Western

652

546

Eastern (incorporating Suffolk)

579

454

West Midlands

488

407

Welsh

268

213

Western

559

468

South Eastern plus Metropolitan

210

157

Scotland

385

511