Petition over Rufforth bus service cuts

York Press: Petition over Rufforth bus service cuts Petition over Rufforth bus service cuts

PLANS to cut bus services which serve a village near York are being opposed through a petition launched by one of the city’s MPs.

Julian Sturdy, who represents York Outer, said proposals by North Yorkshire County Council to reduce its bus subsidies by £1.1 million will see three buses each way withdrawn from the 412 and 413 service, halving the frequency of services through Rufforth.

The petition has been delivered to every house in Rufforth and is also available to sign in the village shop.

Mr Sturdy said the village’s current hourly services would be reduced to one bus every two hours and has also asked City of York Council transport chiefs to consider contributing towards the route.

He said: “Regular and reliable bus services are a real lifeline to our rural communities and every effort should be made to protect them, so I hope that with a united response from the community, we will be able to put sufficient pressure on both the county council and city council to come to an agreement.”

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12:23pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Caecilius says...

Let market forces dictate the level of service provided, Julian. That's what your party stands for, remember - or is it only people who don't vote Tory who are expected to suffer the adverse consequences of market economics?
Let market forces dictate the level of service provided, Julian. That's what your party stands for, remember - or is it only people who don't vote Tory who are expected to suffer the adverse consequences of market economics? Caecilius

1:12pm Mon 30 Dec 13

amike says...

If the good people of Rufforth regularly used the bus then I am sure that there would be a good business case for a more frequent service.
If the good people of Rufforth regularly used the bus then I am sure that there would be a good business case for a more frequent service. amike

4:08am Wed 1 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

NYCC are doing this all over the county... every 'Town Service' they want to remove, every subsidised bus service running more than every 2 hours will be cut back to every 2 hours or worse, and if a route has part of it with few passengers then that part of the route would be removed... they're even planning to get rid of the 74 service that connects Ilkley to Bolton Abbey, a service that is very busy in the summer - they want to get rid of it because of 'seasonal fluctuations in useage', because that means it's main use is for tourists and NYCC have expressed that tourism is a "low priority" to them. But subsidised bus services operate because they serve 'a' community - it might be 'a large' community, but there will be people who cannot get around without that little minibus picking people up by the post box.....
NYCC are doing this all over the county... every 'Town Service' they want to remove, every subsidised bus service running more than every 2 hours will be cut back to every 2 hours or worse, and if a route has part of it with few passengers then that part of the route would be removed... they're even planning to get rid of the 74 service that connects Ilkley to Bolton Abbey, a service that is very busy in the summer - they want to get rid of it because of 'seasonal fluctuations in useage', because that means it's main use is for tourists and NYCC have expressed that tourism is a "low priority" to them. But subsidised bus services operate because they serve 'a' community - it might be 'a large' community, but there will be people who cannot get around without that little minibus picking people up by the post box..... Magicman!

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