Have your say on changes to bus services in Central Bedfordshire
Date Added: 20/05/2016
Central Bedfordshire Council are asking residents to have their say on potential changes to bus services.
The council currently subsidise or partially fund 53% of bus routes in Central Bedfordshire while also covering the cost of 43,000 bus pass holders every time they use their bus pass.
At a time where the council funding has been reduced this is seen as being neither sustainable or a fair way to use council tax payers money.
The council is looking at developing a fair and transparent process to make decisions about whether or not to fund bus routes that do not have enough passengers to make them financially viable for commercial operators
Decisions on levels of service provided will take account of commercial bus operations, actual bus usage and alternative provisions.
We are already seeing community transport solutions stepping in to provide services and we want to encourage more of this. The council are proposing to facilitate a new process where community bus providers can compete to provide travel, should demand be high enough.
As well as this the council are looking to make changes to concessionary fares such as changing the times when people can use their bus passes. This will bring the council in line with English National concessionary Travel Scheme. Changes are also proposed for bus passes and how they are renewed.
All the changes are set out in detail in the new draft Passenger Transport Strategy which can found at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations.
You can have your say (until 12th July) online by visiting www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations or pick up a copy of the consultation from your local library.