Bus passengers are being reminded that a small number of under-used services operating in the Peterborough area will cease from 1 April 2019.
Earlier this year, Peterborough City Council announced proposals to reduce the authority’s spend on subsidised bus services by £150,000 as part of the phase two budget setting process, which was subsequently agreed by councillors.
Subsidised services are those which the council contributes towards to make them viable. However, as the authority is making efficiency savings following substantial funding reductions, members agreed that it would be prudent to stop funding services which run well below capacity.
As part of this process, a public consultation drop-in event was held and a consultation group made up of councillors from all the political parties was also set up.
Following these consultations, the following services will cease from April 1:
Service 61 - the 5.34am and all services after 6.39pm
Service 62 - the 5.09am and the last two evening services, the 7.55pm and 11.15pm
Services 60 and 63 will remain unchanged
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: "The routes that are ceasing are some of the least used in the area, indeed some have been running with empty buses for some time.
"We know there will be a relatively small number of people affected by these changes, but at a time when our finances are being cut we must look carefully at every penny we spend and we simply cannot continue to use taxpayers' money to subsidise under-used routes.
"If you are affected by these proposals and unsure about alternative arrangements, then please contact our transport team. They will be happy to discuss alternative options with you.”
To contact Peterborough City Council’s transport team call 01733 747474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org