Res­i­dents to be con­sulted on cuts to bus sub­si­dies

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

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.

AN­DREW JAMES

Brid­gend bus sta­tion. Res­i­dents are be­ing asked what they think about plans to sub­si­dies for bus ser­vices in the county

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