26/01/2011

Cambridgeshire County Council Bus Subsidy Cuts


Above: Stagecoach in the Fens Dennis Dart MPD AE51VFX at St Ives Bus Station in October 2010.

Transport bosses at Cambridgeshire County Council have approved plans to axe, over the next four years, all bus service subsidies which currently cost the council £3 million per year.

The cuts could lead to the withdrawal or reduction of up to 57 bus routes and bus operators warn they may not be able to keep the currently tendered services going when funding ends.

CLICK HERE For a full list of the 57 funded bus services that are affected

The council say that they hope community transport schemes may be able to step in and help, but questions are being asked on how effective and practical this would be.

Affected services include the 199 from Newnham to Cambridge, the 114 to Addenbrookes hospital, the Cambridge Free City Circle plus a large number of rural services. The plans will also mean that some communities will become totally isolated if you have not got a car. People most likely to be affected the most are those in some rural locations, the elderly and people with disabilities.

The bus operators will also be affected, with Stagecoach set to lose around £1.5 million worth of funding and Swavesey based independant Go Whippet set to lose around £400,000. Several other smaller companies will also be hit.

It is expected that some services could change from as early as this April.