Bus services could be cut to save £600,000

Bus services could be cut to save �600,000

Bus services could be cut to save �600,000

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Bus services in Pocklington could be cut as the council attempts to save £600,000 on bus journeys across the East Riding.

A new money-saving proposal has been unveiled after a nine-month extensive review of bus and passenger services in the East Riding which saw more than 3,000 responses.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council currently pays for certain transport services which could be cut, for example, the 2.30pm, service 45, bus from Pocklington to Bridlington which would cease under the new proposal.

The proposal is now subject to approval by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday June 28. If approved an eight-week public consultation will begin to seek residents’ views , starting on Wednesday 29 June and running until late August.

Due to a significant reduction in Government funding, the council has made major savings to its budget. Since 2010 the council has made savings of £118 million across the whole budget.

But it still needs to save a further £60million over the next four years. The council is proposing to reduce the financial support it gives to some bus journeys by £600,000.

Paul Bellotti, head of housing, transportation and public protection services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council faces significant financial pressures across all services that we can’t ignore.

“Many other councils have been forced to make similar savings in the cost of bus subsidies, some have cut subsidies all together.

“In most cases, where there will be changes, it may mean passengers travelling on a different bus, at a different time, or on a different day, and we will do our best to ensure no community is left without a bus service.

“We are working closely with community transport groups and bus operators to make sure as best we can alternatives will be available for journeys that may be lost.

“Now we want to hear from the public how the proposed changes might affect them before any decisions are made.”

As part of the eight-week consultation residents are urged to have their say by filling in a questionnaire from Wednesday June 29 available from www.eastriding.gov.uk/ or by email or post on request.