15 May 2011

Our local bus threatened

Bus routes are again under threat across Gloucestershire as the council plans cuts - our 230 also faces cuts as does the 93. Back in 2007 the bus route was changed to avoid the village centre of Randwick - this led to a drop in users. A campaign tried to get the decision reversed but I can see now they had no plans at all to return it to the village.

See the review details here. There are 170 bus routes are under review 'because they are too costly' - but details of route proposals are not out until tomorrow. Basically it will mean cuts to services of £2m - a massive cut when we are seeking to cut carbon emissions, reduce energy security issues, encourage people to get out and get jobs etc. This is a step backwards indeed.

The previous Government at least provided an annual grant that was ring-fenced for transport subsidies. It was scrapped by the coalition.

Public consultation starts on Monday, with 23 roadshows taking place, and finishes on June 27. The changes will start in September and October. Stroud area buses affected include: 8/8a, 12, 14/14B, 22B, 23, 25, 26, 28/28A, 29, 35, 36, 40, 46, 54/54A, 91A, 93, 227, 230, 232, 242, 256, 261, 262, 263, 264, 267

4 comments:

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Anonymous said...

no sign of the info yet on website - 27th May!

Philip Booth said...

They buried them well - see Stroud's at:
http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=104181

Philip Booth said...

I've just added details to blog:
http://ruscombegreen.blogspot.com/2011/05/threat-to-our-buses-230-93-and-more.html