Lady (Hear Me Tonight) Modjo
21 May 2015, 06:38
If you take the bus in Hertfordshire, your route could be cut soon.
The long-awaited review into bus services in Hertfordshire's concluded with the county council agreeing to cut almost £1.5million from publicly funding some local routes.
It means around a dozen routes will either stop altogether or only run up til 7.30 in the evening.
The County Council's got a £56million black-hole it still needs to find savings in it's budget for, to meet by 2017/1.
Lib Dem County Councillor for Central Watford and Oxhey Stephen Giles-Medhurst said: "As Liberal Democrats we have campaign long and hard against these cuts from the so called "consultation" last year - ignored - to the latest one this year - also ignored. 20,000 people signed ours and other groups petitions against the cuts.
"However when it came to vote not a single iota of compassion has come from the Conservatives. The second consultation showed that 70 per cent were against the cuts proposals. 90 per cent of those that responded were bus users and 53 per cent are over 55 years old.
"None of that has been recognised. Quite frankly, this is a black day for the County Council and a black day for public transport. The Conservatives are effectively saying they do not care about public transport.
"They have not listened to the bus operators, who are saying these cuts are wrong. One bus company told the Council:
'Very disappointed proposed savings are now double that of previous consultation despite the opposing responses. and went on to say: "Cuts impact on people going to and from work; many are on low pay and/or young.'
"In the period of 5 years the Tories at County Hall have now cut the supported bus budget from £7.1m to £2.4m - the highest level of cut of any service and one that will clearly affect the most vulnerable in society, the elderly and the poor. It's nothing short of a scandal."