Bus operator warns funding cuts could see rural services reduced

York Press: Bus operator warns funding cuts could see rural services reduced Bus operator warns funding cuts could see rural services reduced

SOME rural bus services in East Yorkshire could be at risk because of funding cuts.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will reduce the amount it spends on concessionary bus travel by £240,000 in 2014/15, with similar cuts likely in each of the following two years.

Peter Shipp, chairman of East Yorkshire Motor Services, said this could force tough decisions about evening, Sunday and non-peak journeys.

The firm has a depot in Pocklington and runs services to and from York. Mr Shipp said it was not yet possible to identify routes which may be affected.

However, he said: “It’s extremely tough – the council have done pretty well with concessionary fares in the past, but are now starting to say that they will have to trim the funding back. This affects services which are supported by the council, not just commercial services.”

• Pensioners should be allowed to contribute towards their bus fares if it helps to save under-threat rural services, a North Yorkshire MP has said.

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton, said rules which provide all elderly people with free bus passes or require them to pay full fares should be abolished.

She spoke during a Commons debate as North Yorkshire County Council prepares to cut its bus subsidies by £2 million.

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11:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

BL2 says...

They've already cut quite a few I think!
They've already cut quite a few I think! BL2
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4:04am Wed 12 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

It's more the smaller operators that are at risk, those who rely on tendered work. As far as I know, Eddie Brown and Stephensons of Easingwold are heavily reliant on council-tendered services... and there is a list as long as your arm containing the names of bus companies that have gone bust after subsidies for such services have been cut. These cuts are not just about people who use the bus services losing an amenity, it also involves the livlihoods of the bus drivers and people who manage them.
It's more the smaller operators that are at risk, those who rely on tendered work. As far as I know, Eddie Brown and Stephensons of Easingwold are heavily reliant on council-tendered services... and there is a list as long as your arm containing the names of bus companies that have gone bust after subsidies for such services have been cut. These cuts are not just about people who use the bus services losing an amenity, it also involves the livlihoods of the bus drivers and people who manage them. Magicman!
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