Subsidised bus services may face financial cuts

Published date: 16 December 2013 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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BUS services may be cut under proposals to be considered by councillors.

More than £220,000  has been cut ‘year on year’ from subsidised bus services in Flintshire because of changes to the way bus services are funded in Wales, according to Flintshire Council.

As a result, the council said it has reviewed its subsidised bus services to ensure that the existing services are cost effective and meet the needs of its residents.

Tomorrow cabinet members will consider recommendations to implement changes proposed to the county’s subsidised bus service network.

Flintshire Council currently provides subsidies for bus services not available commercially.

This usually means providing services in areas where no commercial service exists or at times when no other services would operate.

A policy was approved by cabinet in April to shape which bus services the council should continue to support.

As part of the review process, the local authority consulted with key stakeholders on the bus services, and feedback has come from petitions, questionnaires, letters, communication with town and community councils, bus users’ surgeries and Flintshire Council members.

Changes to bus services being explored, include re-tendering them and also finding alternative ways of getting people to their destinations, such as by community transport or by demand responsive taxis.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, cabinet member for the environment, said the council’s consultation had been thorough.

“We are doing everything we can to take on board the views of passengers and residents,” he said. “However, in all cases we have to ensure the level of financial support given is affordable and sustainable, while at the same time ensuring we provide a modern, efficient and accessible bus service for all.”

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