In-depth re­view of pub­lic trans­port

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A ‘DEEP dive’ re­view of pub­lic trans­port in light of fi­nan­cial pres­sures in Bucks has been given the green light.

The re­view fol­lows a study of the is­sue by the coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment, trans­port and lo­cal­i­ties se­lect com­mit­tee. The in­quiry, in par­tic­u­lar, ex­am­ined the pres­sures on sub­sidised bus ser­vices.

Bucks County Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­bers dis­cussed the in­quiry on at a meet­ing on Mon­day.

Chair­man of the com­mit­tee War­ren Whyte said: “We un­der­took in spring and sum­mer quite a ma­jor deep dive into the whole pol­icy and con­cep­tual way the county coun­cil un­der­takes trans­port. This is very much in light of the in­creas­ing fi­nan­cial pres­sures of the coun­cil, the changes in sub­sidy from cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the ad­di­tional pres­sures from the fare scheme and bus passes.”

The com­mit­tee said there could be bet­ter com­mu­nity trans­port schemes, such as Dial-aRide. It also rec­om­mended there should be a longterm strate­gic vi­sion for pub­lic trans­port over the next 20 years.

Coun­cil­lor Pa­tri­cia Birch­ley said: “The money for bus sub­si­dies has gone down and the num­ber of old peo­ple has gone up.

“It is the older peo­ple who per­haps do not drive and need the pub­lic trans­port. I think that the timeta­bles could be im­proved.”

Mr Whyte sug­gested there could be a way for lo­cal needs to be met by bus ser­vices, for ex­am­ple em­ploy­ment and leisure places to be con­nected by buses.

The coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously de­cided that there should be a full as­sess­ment of the county’s pub­lic trans­port ser­vices.

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