In-depth review of public transport
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.