MPs hear of cut-hit bus services

Profile image for Wells People

By Wells People | Thursday, May 12, 2011, 11:00

Coalition Government cuts are causing damaging reductions to bus services across the West, MPs have been told.

The impacts include the withdrawal of evening buses to Cheddar Gorge – one of Britain’s top tourist attractions.

In the final evidence session of an inquiry into bus services following the coalition’s spending review, the MPs heard that cuts were hitting the economy, with the renowned gorge given as one example.

West transport campaigner David Redgewell, of Wells, told the hearing bus fares across the region had been rising. He praised the work being done to improve the bus network in and around Bristol, including the proposals for a rapid transit system. But he said the West of England Partnership, which is tackling transport and congestion issues, faced real problems getting people out of their cars and onto public transport when fares were going up.

He warned that a five per cent reduction in bus operator grants, along with a Government decision to end ring-fencing on most of its funding, meant fares were rising to meet the shortfall.

Mr Redgewell, a member of Bus Users UK, warned that Somerset County Council cuts were also having an impact, including on passengers regularly travelling out of Bristol.

Last month it was revealed that 15 routes had been axed after £2.6 million was cut from subsidies, almost half its funding for the services.

      

Latest Stories in Wells

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • Treat yourself to some CLARINS me-time & enhance your natural beauty.

    Frontlinestyle Hair & Beauty

    Book 4 pampering CLARINS treatments and only pay for 3. PLUS receive a vanity case containing 4 Clarins pampering favorites worth £41*.

    Terms: * Based on ml value f standard size products. One collection per customer while stocks last. Not to be used in-conjunction with any other Clarins offers.

    Contact: 01749600464

    Valid until: Saturday, November 15 2014

     
  • Little Black Dress Programme - Getting You Ready For The Christmas Season!

    Functional Fitness Forever

    Functional Fitness Forever & Love Your Skin Lisa, with Rose & Lyons give you:
    6 weeks of PT sessions and Body Wrap Treatments + free access to classes & 2 health assessments + a chance to win an LBD!

    Terms: Only £275
    3 PT Sessions
    3 Shrinking Violet Body Wrap Treatments
    Complete Health Assessments
    Free Access to Classes!
    1 LBD to the Most Impressive Transformation!
    Value £625 - You Save £350

    Contact: 01749 608718

    Valid until: Friday, December 19 2014

     
  • FREE BRITAINS TOY TRAILER

    Tincknell Country Store

    FREE BRITAINS TRAILER - SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS http://www.tincknellcountrystore.co.uk/item.asp?pid=78415&pref=pl&catid=1967&matrix=&scatn=&catn=CHRISTMAS+SPECIALS&dep=53&dname=TOYS

    Terms: While stocks last

    Contact: 01749 683150

    Valid until: Friday, October 31 2014

     
   

Local Jobs

       
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent