Bus Users UK responds to Worcestershire’s ‘unprecedented’ level of proposed bus subsidy cuts

Bus Users UK responds to Worcestershire’s ‘unprecedented’ level of proposed bus subsidy cuts

Bus Users UK has raised serious concerns at the proposed level of cuts to bus services in Worcestershire.

In its response to Worcestershire County Council’s consultation paper, Bus Users UK says the proposed cuts appear not to fulfil the requirements of the 1985 Transport Act: “If these cuts were to be fully implemented, many communities across Kidderminster, Droitwich, Redditch and even parts of Worcester would be cut off from essential services.

The 1985 Transport Act places a clear responsibility on local authorities to provide transport for socially necessary services. Withdrawing bus subsidies across the whole county would leave many villages, even a number of larger towns, with no public transport at all. This would inevitably lead to increased social isolation among people already living in areas that are struggling economically

It is inconceivable that such sweeping cuts to subsidies in an area like Worcestershire, with its mix of rural communities and pockets of urban deprivation, will do anything but add to levels of social hardship.

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