I think hsrryjoe was likely referring to the council cuts to subsidised public bus services, which will tend to be more common in rural areas as there are obviously fewer people to use them. There's also a fair few evening and Sunday services in urban areas going though.
About the faith schools: They reduced the subsidy without cutting it entirely a few years ago. From what I saw and heard, the faith school intake became even more middle class, as those who could paid and those who couldn't went elsewhere. These schools would have far lower demand if a better standard of education were provided more locally, noting that in certain areas the non-faith/selective secondary schools have/have recently had uniformly terrible reputations. (The buses are also better used because Lancashire's CofE schools are quite spread out, but there's Catholic schools everywhere).