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September bus figures the best since records began

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THE number of people travelling by bus in September was the highest since monthly records began.

A total of 171,282 people used the service last month – a 10.5% increase over the previous September.

Environment & Infrastructure president Barry Brehaut said he was pleased to see the numbers hitting such levels. Even though it was recently revealed that taxpayers gave CT Plus the equivalent of £2.23 per passenger in subsidy, it was still a good day for the service, he added.

'I know that people will say that it is OAPs and students who use the bus service and people will say about the subsidy. Is it not great that we have a regular bus service?'

Use was weather-dependent, Deputy Brehaut added, and said it was hoped that money from the transport strategy would be used to build more bus shelters.

In the first nine months of this year, an extra 111,254 passengers have used the bus service compared with the same period in 2015, and in total the year-to-date growth is around 9.44%.

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