Bus Users publishes submission to Lancashire County Council’s bus consultation
With passengers in Lancashire facing removal of subsidy from local bus services, Bus Users UK is calling on Lancashire 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.
The proposal to cut subsidy is likely to affect older people and people with disabilities in particular, with many already experiencing isolation following previous cuts to services.
Dawn Badminton-Capps, Bus Users Director for England, said: “Running effective bus services in Lancashire could actually reduce costs in areas such as home to school transport, health and social services. While we would be happy to work with Lancashire County Council in order to mitigate the impact of any cuts, we would urge them to find ways to protect these vital lifelines.”