Have your say on proposals to remove subsidy for under-used bus services

Residents are invited to have their say on proposals to remove a number of under-used bus services at an event at Peterborough Town Hall on Thursday (24 January 2019). 

The proposal to reduce the council's spend on subsidised bus services by £150,000 was approved by Full Council on 12 December 2018 as part of the phase two budget setting process.

Subsidised services are those which the council contributes towards to make them viable. 

The council also supports a number of demand responsive services, including Community Link and Call Connect, which are not being looked at as part of this proposal. These are services that transport people with mobility issues or those that live in a rural area not served by a commercial network.

A consultation group made up of councillors from all the political parties has identified the bus services which could cease from April. These are:

  • 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

Residents who would like to find out more about the proposals are invited to attend the consultation drop-in event  between 12.30pm and 2.30pm or between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Officers will be on hand to explain the proposals, answer questions and help residents who use the services to find alternative routes.

Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: "The routes that are proposed for removal are some of those that are the least used and therefore require significant subsidy.  

"We know that some of the routes regularly run with empty buses and naturally these are the services we are proposing to remove.

"We know there will be people affected if these routes cease, but at a time when our finances are so constrained and we are having to look carefully at every penny we spend we cannot continue to use taxpayers' money to subsidise these routes.

"If you are affected by these proposals please attend the drop-in event. Our officers have already spoken to some of the people who will be affected by the proposals and signposted them to other bus services which allow them to make the journey that they need."

We anticipate these proposals will allow the majority of the required savings to be agreed (as identified in Trache Two). Officers are confident the shortfall will be achieved without impacting members of the public. 

In 2019/20 the council will still spend £565,000 subsidising passenger transport services.

People who cannot attend the drop-in events can make comments by emailing buses@peterborough.gov.uk.

The proposals will be heard by the city council's cabinet on Monday 4 February 2019 at the Town Hall at 10am. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting.

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