Sub­si­dies cut for evening and Sun­day buses

Macclesfield Express - - SAM BURT TRIBUTES - KAREN BRITTON

SUB­SI­DIES for evening and Sun­day bus ser­vices will stop af­ter the coun­cil’s Cab­i­net ap­proved the plans.

Cab­i­net mem­bers voted in favour of con­tro­ver­sial plans to stop sub­si­dis­ing Sun­day and evening bus ser­vices, which have un­til now been propped up by the au­thor­ity be­cause they are not considered prof­itable by bus com­pa­nies.

Some day-time pro­vi­sion will also stop.

This will save the coun­cil £1mil­lion a year, a re­duced fig­ure on orig­i­nal plans to save £1.6m. The au­thor­ity has stated it will still fund some evening ser­vices if there are suc­cess­ful ten­ders from bus firms, in­clud­ing the 38 from Mac­cles­field to Crewe.

But res­i­dents have warned the cuts will leave vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple iso­lated.

In Mac­cles­field, the coun­cil will no longer sub­sidise routes 5 and 6 to the We­ston Es­tate on Sun­days, route 9 to the Moss Rose af­ter 8.55pm on Fri­days and Satur­days and all day Sun­day, routes 10 and 10a to Bolling­ton af­ter 9.15pm on Fri­day and Satur­day plus Sun­day ser­vices af­ter 6.16pm and route 130 to Manch­ester on Sun­days.

The ser­vices that will still re­ceive fund­ing are routes 11 to Ker­ridge, 19 to Prest­bury, 27, 27A and 27B to Knutsford, 58 to Bux­ton, 60 to Hayfield and 392/3 to Stock­port, al­though timeta­bles may change.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Bates, cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, said: “We have had to make some tough de­ci­sions but have met many of the con­cerns by re-con­fig­ur­ing some routes and re­tain­ing the sub­sidy on routes where the re­moval of ser­vices would have re­sulted in hard­ship.” Bus com­pa­nies have pre­vi­ously said they would wait for the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of the af­fected ser­vices.

Sub­si­dies have been cut for Mac­cles­field bus ser­vices to save money

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