Transport Review 2013:
On 6 February 2014, Worcestershire County Council's
Cabinet agreed to take more time to consider the issue of bus
subsidy funding following a consultation that generated over 8,500
Proposals were put forward in November 2013 to meet the financial
challenge the authority faces due to a reduced levels of Central
Government funding and were consulted upon until 17th January,
The Consultation Report giving information on the responses can
be found in the following documents:
A number of factors will be considered before any final decision
on possible reductions is taken. These will include:
- Evaluating on a service-by-service basis the detailed responses
to the consultation and
- A thorough review of existing data on passenger journeys made
on the current subsidised network. This will take in to account
journey types, purposes and access to key destinations.
In addition, a review of fares will take place in partnership
with commercial operators to establish what contracts would become
viable or could operate with a significantly reduced subsidy. The
County Council will also continue to explore potential
opportunities where, in particular, community transport or
commercial operators might provide public transport services.
Any final decision on the amount of subsidy spend and routes
supported is not expected to be made until June. Any possible
changes would not be implemented until September 2014.
Consultation on subsidised bus service withdrawals
The consultation closed on Friday, January 17. Thank-you to
everyone that took time to share their views.
You will probably have read in newspapers, heard on the radio or
watched on television that councils and all public services are
facing a severe reduction in funding as Central Government deals
with the national debt. Every year Worcestershire County Council
faces tough decisions about where it spends your money and is
currently needing to save £30 million per year. Worcestershire
County Council has adopted a proactive approach so that a
considered plan can be drawn up of how to address this
- Worcestershire County Council Bus expenditure - £3 million per
- Number of Services Supported – 97
- Number of Passengers Journeys – 3 million per annum
Worcestershire County Council has a duty to consult as part of
its Best Value duty pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999 but
would consider it appropriate regardless to consult on bus service
reductions. The proposed reduction of subsidised bus services to
meet the required financial saving targets as outlined by the BOLD
- To confirm the proposed reduction of £3m in relation to
other service areas
- To identify passenger travel information (what services,
frequency, purpose etc) to determine what the passenger transport
requirements for the county are:
- To identify the impacts of service reductions of customers
- To ascertain if bus fares should increase (and by how much) to
help reduce the subsidies required
- Receive further comments
A consultation, which ran from November 8 until January 17,
attracted around 8,500 responses. All of the views and comments
shared will now be analysed and considered with the information
forming a report to Cabinet, which is due to discuss the issue at
its February 6 meeting at County Hall. No decisions about the
routes affected will be taken on this day.
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