Passenger champion responds to Kent bus consultation
With passengers in Kent facing cuts to services and reductions in some subsidised buses, Bus Users UK is calling on Kent County Council to recognise the value of buses as more than just a mode of transport.
In its submission to the Council’s consultation, Bus Users has highlighted the vital contribution that buses make to the economy and to local communities, accounting for nearly two thirds of all public transport journeys yet receiving relatively little public sector investment.
Bus Users’ submission, which follows a series of consultation events with passengers across the region, points to the vital role buses play in reducing congestion and ensuring that people have access to education, employment and essential services.
Research carried out by Bus Users found that college students in certain areas of Kent are likely to be particularly badly affected by the proposed cuts, along with older people and people with disabilities. The organisation is urging Kent County Council to consider its duties to provide socially necessary bus services under the Transport Act.
Dawn Badminton-Capps, Bus Users Director for England, said: “Running effective bus services in Kent could actually reduce costs in areas such as home to school transport, health and social services. While we would be happy to work with Kent County Council in order to mitigate the impact of any cuts, we would urge them to find ways to protect these vital lifelines.”