Sunday, 9 October 2016

"Bus cuts are just not fare" - Lancaster Guardian


  LATEST: A Link to the Report is now available here.

There doesn't seem to be anything in the online version but if you can get hold of a copy of the print edition of this week's Lancaster Guardian you'll find an excellent two-page special report on how last April's cuts to supported bus services have affected local residents.

The Bus Users Group was pleased to assist the Guardian in compiling the report and its Chair is particularly pleased to be quoted in the same paragraph as local MP Cat Smith!

Even the County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport admitted that they had a "good working relationship" with the Bus Users' Group.

Let's hope we can put that relationship to some use in restoring some of the worst of the cuts.

3 comments:

  1. Can I just say, one argument about how unfair funding for bus services is the fact that in West Yorkshire, Metro fund unnecessary shopper services such as the 781 (majority of this route covered by frequent buses between Harewood,Alwoodley and Leeds, mirror service between Harewood and Otley which could easily be diverted to serve Weardley) as well as free shopper buses around Huddersfield and Dewsbury, the latter being a town you can actually walk through in 5 mins!

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  2. The distribution of funding for all local government services, including buses, is certainly unevenly balanced and Lancashire appears to receive a particularly unfair allocation from government. The fact that some areas can apparaently fund free services when Lancashire residents who would gladly pay are denied them says it all.

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  3. If anyone would like to see the on-line edition it is on the Whittington Village Website (because the lead in the artice featured our own Public Transport Rottweiler, Duncan Foster). The link is:
    http://whittingtonvillage.org.uk/html_pages/whittington_bugle/Pensioner%20forced%20to%20hitch-hike%20due%20to%20Lancaster%20bus%20cuts%20-%20Lancaster%20Guardian.html

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