Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

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Hanging on by a shoestring budget: planning ahead for rural buses?

by Susan van de Ven on 14 March, 2018

I’ve submitted the following question for next week’s council meeting:

The Combined Authority Strategic Bus Review paper considered in November 2017 states that:

Buses provide vital services to our communities. They have the potential to provide economic and social benefits by connecting people with jobs, shops and facilities; they can minimise social isolation; and can reduce congestion on some of our busiest roads.’   

Given the desperate state of financing lifeline transport especially in rural communities, and Cambridgeshire County Council’s current caretaker role in managing key bus subsidies, it is concerning that four months on the Strategic Bus Review has yet to commence.  Therefore, please can the Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee explain what steps are being considered to protect Cambridgeshire residents from isolation when the current round of subsidies expires, given the possibility that the council’s caretaker role could continue beyond next financial year.

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