Harlow bus users too be consulted on changes to services

Communities / Thu 4th Aug 2016 am31 11:43am

BUS users are being asked for their views on changes to bus services across Essex.

Essex County Council (ECC) is running a public consultation on a number of routes it pays for.

Many of the services currently cost taxpayers more than £5 for every passenger carried, which is the maximum level of support ECC will normally give.

The proposed changes aim to support the future running of essential travel routes while offering the best value for money for the taxpayer.

The consultation lists each service (by district) and says what the proposed change is (if any) plus the reasons why.

Residents can submit their feedback online or over the phone. Paper copies of the consultation are also available at libraries across Essex.

The consultation is live from today (Thursday, 4 August) to Wednesday, 28 September.

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “It is vital that we make bus routes work for everyone in Essex.

“We provide financial support for a number of routes and it is our responsibility to ensure that these deliver a reliable service as well as value for money.

“Taxpayers are currently paying for a number of lesser-used routes that cost ECC more than £5 for each passenger they carry.

“This is not sustainable in the long run and that is why we are looking at a whole host of options to support the future of bus services across Essex.

“I would urge bus users to engage with us and share their views as part of this consultation.”

Questionnaires will be available:

online https://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/BusConsultation
from Essex County Council Libraries, or
by phoning: 03457 430 430

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