Norfolk County Council has scrapped plans to make sweeping cuts to bus subsidies.
The move was welcomed by passenger campaigning body Bus Users UK, which had been working extensively with passengers in the area to ensure concerns were raised during the council’s consultation on the issue.
The result was an unprecedented level of responses, leading the Environment, Transport and Development Committee to propose the plans be dropped in favour of an increase in council tax.
Jeff Anderson, acting Chair of Bus Users England and member of Norfolk Bus Forum, said: “Buses provide a lifeline to thousands of people in Norfolk, ensuring they can access work, education and vital services.
“Cuts to subsidies of the magnitude proposed would have left many people, particularly older people and people with disabilities, completely isolated.”