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Consultation launched on plans to cut bus subsidies in North Yorkshire by 25 per cent
3:10pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
THE public are being given their says on cuts that will hit bus services across North Yorkshire.
The county council is already committed to finding savings of £92m in the four years ending in March 2015 – and on top of that will need to save a further £66m in the following four years.
Among the cost-cutting proposals being considered is reducing bus subsidies by 25 per cent, or £1.1m a year.
The council currently spends some £4.4m a year subsidising the 20 per cent of bus journeys which are not commercially viable and has now launched an open consultation exercise.
The consultation documents explain why a reduction is necessary, the council’s overall strategy to achieve the reduction, and the impact of implementing the strategy on the bus services for which the council currently pays.
The executive member for transport, Chris Metcalfe, said: “We know that bus services are a lifeline for many people – not everyone has access to a car.
“However, we have huge financial pressures and we have to reduce our expenditure across the board.
“We have produced some detailed information which identifies the potential impact of this proposal, and hope that people will make constructive comments as part of the consultation process.”
The consultation runs until November 25. Details are available online at northyorks.gov.uk/busconsultation or by calling the customer service centre on 08458 727374, or by visiting any of the county council’s libraries.
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