Susan van de Ven

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

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Lifeline bus services: less chance of survival with a Brexit Recession

by Susan van de Ven on 11 September, 2019

There were 19 people on the 127 bus this morning by the time it pulled away from Meldreth One Stop, with only a few spare seats before the Melbourn pick-up.

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This is a County Council subsidized service that never has guaranteed funding beyond the end of any financial year – the new normal.

Those who’d embarked in the Mordens, Litlington, Bassingbourn, Kneesworth and Whaddon will have had up to an hour’s tour of the villages by the time they get to Royston, which is just a few miles from home. Services are now amalgamated to save money, and passengers have no choice but to put up with the consequences.

Nevertheless the 127 service is an essential one for those who don’t have access to private transport or rely on their bus passes, and soon the game will be on again to find the subsidy to keep it going in the next financial year.

The economy needs to pick up and central government needs to prioritize local public services, by restoring proper revenue support to local authorities.

A Brexit recession would be the wrong direction of travel if there’s to be a chance of genuinely supporting people.

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