Friday, 9 December 2011

Speak Up To Save Your Bus Services Residents Told


Residents across Cambridgeshire are being urged to have their say on the future of the county’s bus services under threat from potential cuts in county council subsidy.
 
The consultation, launched by Cambridgeshire County Council, ends on Friday, December 9 and cuts will resume from April.
 
“Given the scale of cuts planned in this area, it is imperative that residents use this opportunity to highlight the transport needs of their communities,” said Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Member for Transport, Susan van de Ven. “Once they have lost their services it is highly unlikely that they will ever be reinstated.
 
“This consultation should have taken place before the county council’s Conservative administration decided last April to cut 100 per cent of the money paid to support services. But fortunately the public outcry to the cuts forced this delay in implementing them and it has given residents the chance to make their views known. Everyone should take this opportunity.” 
 
Liberal Democrat Leader, Kilian Bourke said: "The Lib Dems opposed the 100% cut from the very beginning and so welcome this consultation.  You cannot provide rural transport for nothing and the Tories need to accept this.”
 
"There is still a real risk though that the Conservatives will scrap these socially necessary services without providing an adequate replacement. If people want to protect their local buses they should take part in the consultation, otherwise they may lose out.”
 
Residents can take part in the consultation online at http://bit.ly/qWXRwE
 
If you do not wish to complete this questionnaire online, paper copies are available by contacting the council using one of the following means.
By telephone: 0345 045 0675
By post: Cambridgeshire County Council, CC1301, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP
The closing date for responses to the questionnaire is 4.00pm on Friday 9 December 2011.