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Budget rises

8th June 1979, Page 7
8th June 1979
Page 7
Page 7, 8th June 1979 — Budget rises
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BUS and rail operators have warned the Government that cuts in subsidies proposed in Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe's first Budget next week will mean fewer services and higher fares for passengers.

Estimates ranging from £20– 25m have been put as the sum the Chancellor aims to cut from the transport budget.

And the Confederation of British Road Passenger Transport has already warned the Chancellor that local authority cuts in the grant to bus services could mean fare increases of up to 20 per cent.

CPT says that bus services have reached a level of "reasonable stability" but it has also warned that fare increases will be necessary when more EEC regulations come into force.

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