Further cuts to bus services likely in Pembrokeshire
4:10pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
The public are to be asked for their views on future bus services in Pembrokeshire, with a warning that further cuts are likely to be needed.
A questionnaire has been compiled by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Transport Unit to gather feedback to inform any future reorganisation of bus services.
“There are over 50 local bus services operating in Pembrokeshire, of which the vast majority are subsidised by the Council” explained the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, Councillor Rob Lewis.
“Last year a 25 per cent reduction in the amount of Welsh Government funding provided to the Council for bus services meant that all subsidised Sunday and evening bus services were removed.
“Unfortunately, further savings are necessary so it is likely that further bus service cuts will be required.
“The existing contracts for subsidised bus services are due to end on the 31st March, 2014, so the questionnaire will provide an opportunity to reconfigure services in order to achieve the efficiencies required.
“In order to ensure that the impact of the changes is kept to a minimum it is important that we obtain feedback from the public on the various options available.”
The questionnaire, which asks eight key questions, is available in Libraries, Tourist Information Centres and Leisure Centres as well as on the buses themselves.
It is also available (from Monday) on the Council’s website at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay The deadline for responses is 31st December.
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