Cam­paign­ers protest over bus routes axe

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CAM­PAIGN­ERS will be protest­ing out­side Cheshire East’s coun­cil meet­ing next week over plans to axe some bus ser­vices and re-route oth­ers.

The coun­cil went out to con­sul­ta­tion ear­lier this year about its plans to slash some sub­sidised ser­vices in the week­ends and evenings with the aim of sav­ing £1.6m.

Cam­paign­ers say the cuts will lead to iso­la­tion among the vul­ner­a­ble, with the loss of Sun­day ser­vices cut­ting off res­i­dents in places like Bolling­ton and the We­ston.

Carol Jones has been lead­ing the cam­paign and trav­el­ling on buses across the bor­ough to talk to peo­ple about the planned cuts.

She said: “Pub­lic trans­port is a very im­por­tant as­pect of life to those who can’t drive or have ill­nesses that ne­ces­si­tate us­ing bus travel. It is also a life­line to the el­derly, go­ing into town to so­cialise, doc­tors and hospi­tal ap­point­ments.”

The cam­paign­ers will be out­side Mac­cles­field Town Hall from 9.30am un­til 1pm be­fore at­tend­ing the meet­ing at 2pm.

The meet­ing of the full coun­cil is open to the pub­lic and takes place on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 19 in the As­sem­bly Room at Mac­cles­field Town Hall at 2pm.

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