The number of bus services that received subsidies in the financial year 2010/11 was 86, or 15% of the network. The amount spent on buses in 2010/11 was £2,834,795 and in2011/12 it will be £2,900,990.
Funding cuts of £170,000 for home to school transport will be postponed until summer 2012, to give parents and pupils more time to make alternative arrangements where services may be withdrawn, or at least cut back to the statutory minimum. To be entitled to subsidised transport, post-16 learners enrolling academic year beginning 2011, will be charged a flat rate of £240.
The council also plans to save taxi vouchers and half-fare community transport for concessionary travel scheme members. For example, from April people over 60 will no longer be allowed to travel for free before 9.30am.
It appears that some services are being cut or reduced so that they do not run after about 6pm each day. As noted by The Hinckley Times, 5 bus routes (numbers 71, 75, 76, 81 and 82) that currently serve Hinckley, Burbage, Barwell and Earl Shilton are to be axed. Below is a list of bus services that are being modified or scrapped, and which normally run between Leicester City and regions across Leicestershire. As both areas are covered by separate Councils, it is difficult to know which Council’s budget decision is responsible for these bus cuts.
The services in and around Leicestershire that are being modified or scrapped from 27 March 2011 are listed in the source below.
Last updated Nov 2011
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