Changes To Local Bus Routes
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12 Aug 2011
Many constituents have contacted me over concerns about recent changes to local bus routes.
At a time when transport costs are rising, the bus is a lifeline for many people. The loss of a bus route can mean the loss of the opportunity to stay on in education or access employment, and can leave the elderly and vulnerable isolated.
Bus services throughout the country have been hit by a cut of 28% in the funding received by councils for local transport, changes to the funding of the concessionary fares scheme and a 20% cut to bus fuel subsidies that will take effect in January. The combined impact of these three changes is a cut in support for local transport of £572 million during 2011/12.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have already advised me that due to the withdrawal of the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant by central government in April, they have been required to consider whether they can continue to subsidise all of those services previously provided with the assistance of this grant.
Please let me know your views and experiences in relation to local bus services either by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning my office on 01909 568611.