Hertfordshire’s bus services heading for crisis
Last year Hertfordshire County Council cut funding to its 2015/16 bus budget by £1.7 million, the largest sum of any English council. From September 2015 over 40 routes have been either been withdrawn, evening services no longer run or are much less frequent and fewer Sunday services are running.
And it doesn’t end there. Because we now know that the county council hasn’t made the budget savings it calculated, more cuts are on the way as from 2016. The situation is getting worse all around the country – Government cuts to councils threaten entire bus networks as new research indicates a deepening national crisis faced by local buses.
Since 2010 over 2,400 bus services have been withdrawn, altered or reduced in England and Wales according the Campaign for Better Transport report Buses in Crisis.
We say that these cuts to services are unacceptable, unnecessary, are damaging our towns’ economies, making peoples lives a misery and resulting in rising fares.
Cuts to bus services severely restrict people’s ability for travel:
- to and from work
- visiting friends and relatives
- access education and training
- access to hospitals, doctors, dentists and other medical services
- access to leisure activities including town and countryside locations
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