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County council chiefs to lobby government over Craven bus cuts
8:00am Friday 31st January 2014 in News
A pledge to lobby the government about the impact of slashing subsidised bus routes has been made by county council chiefs.
It is one of a number of promises it has voiced after making cuts totalling £2 million to its bus services bill.
County councillors agreed, after being faced by powerful public opposition, to retain four threatened services in Craven but with less frequent buses.
Heaviest hit are the subsidised school bus routes where help will only be provided for youngsters who are entitled to free home to school transport.
In a bid to reduce the pain, the executive committee agreed to investigate alternative funding.
Councillors have already set up a review body to look at all aspects of public transport provision and Coun Robert Heseltine is Craven district’s representative.
He said: “It is regrettable that services have been removed or diminished but local government is exceptionally under funded by national government and until that is rectified, local government will continue to suffer.”
John Weighell, chairman and council leader, said: “We have been obliged to take decisions to avoid setting a deficit budget, but we are determined to do everything possible to minimise the impact on individuals.”
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