Proposed cuts to bus services could have devastating impact, councillors warned
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Proposed cuts to bus services could have a devastating impact for those relying on them to get to school or work, councillors were warned.
Stage Coach is looking at its 46 and 56 services to March, Wisbech, Wisbech St Mary and surrounding villages.
Councillor Kit Owen asked at Monday’s overview and scrutiny committee what steps Fenland District Council was taking to consult with Stage Coach, which has taken over the services from Norfolk Green,
He said: “These are not shop buses they are work and school buses.
“If they are curtailed then people, citizens of FDC, could find themselves out of education or employment because they can’t get there.”
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Portfolio holder Councillor Ralph Butcher said: “I believe the bus company is looking at services that are subsidised. Bus times and stops are a commercial decision.”
Councillor Virginia Bucknor said: “These are two major bus services, and any cutbacks will seriously impact on people, on how they get to work, get to school, and get to hospital.
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“We give £50,000 to a dial a bus ride service (FACT) and I have concerns about the receipts, I don’t think it is as clear as you think.”
Cllr Butcher said: “It is county council which is really involved here.
“There was recently a consultation involving the 31 service affecting Whittlesey and after consulting the service stayed.
“We have to hope that this consultation will go as well as it did in Whittlesey and we keep the bus. This is only consultation; they are not shutting the service down.”