Herefordshire Council is consulting on spending for passenger transport services over the next three years in light of the significant financial pressures on local authority funding from central Government.
The council’s medium term financial strategy, approved by council in February 2016, includes proposals of £890k for passenger transport savings for the period 2016-20.
Following public consultation in spring 2014, the council has saved £1 million on passenger transport provision through a combination of effective planning, integration of services, close working with operators and reductions in subsidy. The council is now looking to update that consultation by seeking views from the public, bus users, parish and town councils, transport stakeholder groups and transport providers.
Councillor Paul Rone, cabinet member transport and roads said: “We would like to seek the views of users and communities prior to making any further decisions. It is likely that further savings will only be achieved by withdrawing subsidies from services, which may lead to services being withdrawn. We hope that this consultation will allow us to ascertain opportunities for parish and town councils to identify what support they can provide for local transport.”
The consultation will run from July 18 to October 16 and is available on the council’s website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/busreview2016. Forms can also be obtained from libraries, customer services and on some bus services after 25th July.