One bus route to go and another under threat

Politics / Sat 31st May 2014 at 07:28am

ESSEX County Council is considering discontinuing six contracted local bus services – but wants to hear the public’s views before making a final decision.

The County Council currently pays for just over 200 bus services across the county that commercial bus companies do not consider profitable enough to run. Contracts for most of these have been extended, but there are eight services which are proving expensive to continue.

The Council has decided to stop providing two bus journeys that will run and finish on Saturday 30 August. These are the 9.23am departure of the number 88 bus from Earls Colne to Halstead and the 6.40am number 14 Staple Tye to Templefields.

The number 88 between Colchester, Earls Colne and Halstead, operated by Hedingham Omnibuses and First Essex Buses, now runs every half an hour so the 9.23am paid for by Essex County Council is no longer required. The number 14 service has an average of only two passengers each day and is considered too expensive to run with so few people using it.

The Council is also considering stopping six services, which cost on average £8.29 per passenger.

Essex County Council Leader, Cllr David Finch said: “We need to ensure we have services that deliver value for money to local residents. This includes reviewing services to see if we can fund or provide them differently.”

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