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Halstead: Rural bus routes at risk as council launches review
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Rural, evening and weekend bus services could be at risk of the chop in a bid to save money.
In addition to reviewing its school transport policy, Essex County Council has also launched a 12-week consultation on its subsidised bus services.
The council currently pays £7.9million for nearly 200 local bus services on commercially unprofitable routes.
The majority of these services run either in the evenings, on Sundays, or serve rural locations.
Subsidised routes currently supported by ECC include:
- 11/12/13 services from Halstead to Sudbury
- Parts of the 88 service from Halstead to Colchester, via Earls Colne
- The Friday 327 service from Twinstead to Halstead
- The Friday 329 service from Cross End to Halstead
- Evening and Sunday buses on the 352 service from Halstead to Chelmsford
ECC cabinet member for highways, Rodney Bass, said: “Given the challenging economic climate, we must be realistic and accept that it is likely that not all needs across the county can be met and that the funding available in the coming years will be reduced.
“We are seeking to engage as many people as possible in this consultation so that decisions are made fairly and informed by public opinion.”
Once the new strategy has been finalised, there will be a series of area reviews across the county to allow services in each area to be looked at in the light of the new strategy.
Any changes are intended to come into force between September 2014 and September 2015.
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