Residents to be consulted on cuts to bus subsidies
RESIDENTS in Bridgend are being asked what they think about plans by the local authority to cut all its subsidies for bus services in the county.
The consultation which ends on March 10 comes after Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) cut £130,000 funding for a number of routes last year but protected three services for a further year.
BCBC and Welsh Government both subsidise the provision of regional and local bus routes, which are not commercially viable.
BCBC is looking to remove subsidies on all bus services to save £180,000, part of it’s financial strategy to help balance the books from April.
The routes under threat involve those linking communities to GP surgeries, libraries and hospitals as well as schools, shops and post offices.
In September council officers said that despite subsidies being axed on six bus services from August, the majority of routes had been retained on a commercial basis by the bus operator, although there had been changes or reductions in frequencies.
If Bridgend council removes its remaining bus route subsidies it is currently not known what actions the commercial operators would take over the affected routes.
For more details or to complete the survey visit bridgend.gov.uk, call 01656 643664 or visit the civic offices in Angel Street, Bridgend.
A report on the consultation is due to go before cabinet on April 16.
Bridgend bus station. Residents are being asked what they think about plans to subsidies for bus services in the county