Lancashire

Lancashire

The council has told us that 5 buses are being reduced or withdrawn this year. This is better than the 12 at risk bus services that were listed in the council minutes. The council has told us that this year the bus budget has actually gone up from £6,525,000 in 2010/11 to £7,083,000 in 2011/12. However council minutes make clear that reductions are likely into the future. Reducing Public Transport Information and the removal of the Real Time information service are the result of a further £275k budget reduction.

"Less frequent buses to university affects my punctuality to lectures."  Nicola Waring

They also told us that the supported 135 buses last year which is 59% of the bus network.

The council has found the funds to increase its contribution towards the Heysham M6 Link Road from around £4 million to £12.3 million (plus up to £6.5 million in case of overspend). This is a huge amount of money when compared to the short term, scrappy savings made by cutting buses.

Cuts to Home to School Transport of £100k will be realised through improved procurement process including route optimisation planning and procurement working practices (working with Schools).

The council currently offer a means tested scheme for pupils 16+ who attend sixth forms in schools. This scheme is currently under review for 2012/13.  

A proposal for the introduction of a £2 parental contribution towards the cost of denominational transport provisionhas already been considered and agreed by the Cabinet Member for Children and Schools following a consultation process. This will be phased in from September 2011.

Further, reductions are also going to be made in the number of bus stops with timetable information from approximately 5,000 to 1,000, and in Preston, South Ribble and East Lancashire there will no longer be real time bus information on screens at bus stops. There will also be an impact on bus operators in the Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley areas who currently use the system for management control/information and radio systems. Bus priority in some places will also be lost as a result.

For full details on service cuts, see Lancashire Council source below (Annex 3, page 53-56).

Last updated Nov 2011

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