Have your say on trans­port

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing asked to help shape Buck­ing­hamshire’ s trans­port ser­vices for the fu­ture.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil is tak­ing a root and branch look at every area of trans­port in­clud­ing home to school, ser­vices for adult so­cial care, con­ces­sion­ary fares and non-com­mer­cial bus ser­vices.

An on­line sur­vey is run­ning un­til the end of the month, ask­ing res­i­dents about their bus, train and taxi jour­neys, to help with fu­ture trans­port plan­ning.

And fo­cus groups of res­i­dents in Chesham, Wad­des­don, Buck­ing­ham, sur­round­ing ru­ral ar­eas, and High Wy­combe aim to ex­am­ine needs of com­mu­ni­ties with dif­fer­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics: north, south, ru­ral and ur­ban.

Bucks County Coun­cil cur­rently in­vests £24mil­lion a year pro­vid­ing and sup­port­ing trans­port ser­vice and, while sav­ings have been made in the past few years, an­other £2.3mil­lion needs to be found for the fu­ture.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s cabinet mem­ber for trans­port Mark Shaw, who is also a County Coun­cil­lor for Chesham, said the al­len­com­pass­ing re­view was look­ing at ex­ter­nal ser­vices as well as the way in which ser­vices are man­aged and pro­vided in­ter­nally by the coun­cil.

He added: “We will be look­ing at ev­ery­thing we do in this area, how we do it, how much it costs and whether we can do it dif­fer­ently. We don’t know all the an­swers, so it’s vi­tal we work with com­mu­ni­ties so they can tell us what’s needed lo­cally and how we can de­sign new ap­proaches to­gether.

“This is about lis­ten­ing to our res­i­dents’ real needs, and not tak­ing a guess at per­ceived needs. We want to see what themes emerge and plan in­tel­li­gently for the longer term, and that’s why we want as many as pos­si­ble to talk to us through this sur­vey.”

The sur­vey runs un­til Satur­day, April 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to com­plete the sur­vey visit www. re­search. net/r/ Trans­port Needs Sur­vey.

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