Future of Postbus hangs in balance
A VITAL bus service described as a lifeline to rural communities could be cut, users fear.
The Royal Mail says it is reviewing its Postbus service in Kent, where 12 routes currently operate.
Now Kent County Council, which subsidises the service, is calling for an urgent meeting with the company because it is so concerned.
Postbuses were introduced to combine journeys for postal collections with helping villagers in areas which are not otherwise served by public transport.
There are widespread con- cerns among users of the dozen schemes in the county that some routes may be cut because they are under used.
The Postbus routes include one from Ashford to Pluckley via Biddenden and Egerton and another one to Crundale from Canterbury.
KCC cabinet member for transportation, Cllr Keith Ferrin, said he was alarmed by rumours the service might be cut. He said: “It certainly has nothing to do with us withdrawing our subsidy, but drivers seem to be telling passengers it is under threat.
“I have called for an urgent face to face meeting with Royal Mail because this service is vital for rural communities.”
A spokesman for Royal Mail admitted that a review of the Postbus service countywide was under way, but added that there were no current plans to scrap any of the Canterbury routes.
Cllr Keith Ferrin is calling for a meeting to discuss the threat to the Postbus