36 Leicestershire bus routes at risk of being cut

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Bus routes are at risk, reported the Leicester Mercury, after Leicestershire County Council approved plans to cut £400,000 from the community transport budget have been identified.

The council said that over the next five months, they will review which services will be scrapped and which will be preserved.

Speaking to the source, Councillor Blake Pain, Lead Member for Transport, said: “Transport is changing and at the same time as trying to save money we are also trying to offer a better service to residents.

“We are subsidising some journeys to the tune of £17 per passenger, that’s not economical.

“What we end up with might not be a service that is as frequent but it will still mean that people can get to the core amenities.

“We’re thinking ahead of the curve on this, some authorities provide no services anymore and that’s not what we are suggesting at all.

“This isn’t about us saying which services can we stop, it’s about us engaging with communities and making informed decisions.”

Ann Carruthers, Director for Transport at the council said that it would be continually asking for feedback over bus frequency, timings and would also take into consideration community factors when making its decision.