21/01/2011

Norfolk County Council Bus Subsidy Cut Plans Revised

Almost £18.9 million from Norfolk County Councils travel and transport budget is planned to be saved over the next three years - however, the countys subsidised bus services have now been handed a reprieve.

The county council had planned to cut £1 million in bus subsidies in the next year but this has now been reduced to £420,000.

Almost 200 bus services have been reviewed and after talks between the county council and the transport providers it has been agreed that all but three services will continue for now.

The services to be axed are three under used Saturday only services between Bacton & North Walsham, Loddon & Great Yarmouth and East Harling to Garboldisham.

Twenty-three other services will be revised which could include some reductions in frequency, some services could also be combined.

Cuts of £1 million are still planned to go ahead next year although it is hoped that the years reprieve will allow more time to develop community transport such dial a ride services, and give the council more time to work with communities and operators.

The county council also plans to cut the subsidy for Norwich Park and Ride by £2 million which means fares will increase by 10%.

It is also planned to close the information desk at Norwich Bus Station but there are hopes that it may be saved after National Express have expressed an interest in taking over the desk.