Monday, August 24, 2015

John Harris on the threat to our bus services

John Harris writes on the Guardian website (and presumably in tomorrow's paper, though the site no longer tells you that):
Across the country, meanwhile, with George Osborne now planning November’s spending review and looking at cuts in departmental budgets of up to 40%, the money channelled from local councils to public transport looks especially vulnerable. Already, bus transport is in the midst of a huge crisis, just as it is needed more than ever. 
Buses are a vital requirement for young people and most Britons on limited incomes. Around 40% of people over 60 use a bus at least once a week; one of the many certainties that comes with an ageing population is an increased demand for public transport. Everyday reality, however, is headed in exactly the opposite direction.

1 comment:

Gawain said...

An important issue and am pleased to see a Fringe meeting at Conference intends to discuss it. Including a Councillor from Shropshire!

Monday 18:15-19:15
Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC)
Sorry Not In Service: The challenges in bus service provision
Speakers: Lord Robin Teverson (Lords Spokesman on Transport)
James MacColl (Campaign for Better Transport)
Cllr Heather Kidd (Shropshire)

Hermitage, Clifton Suite