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Have your say on subsidised bus travel in Staffordshire

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Tue 25 Jul 2017

Why are they consulting with you?

A public consultation on options for bus journeys currently subsidised by Staffordshire County Council has begun.

All bus journeys made in Staffordshire are operated by either private bus companies or by voluntary and community initiatives, and the vast majority (more than 90 per cent) are not subsidised by the county council and are not part of this review. 

However, the rest are subsidised by the county council. This can cost the taxpayer as much as £10 every time a passenger boards the bus because too few people use them or not enough income is generated to cover the costs.

With the government grant falling to zero by 2020/2021 and the need to protect those services that they have a legal responsibility to provide (e.g. adult social care and looking after children in care), the county council need to review how they subsidises bus travel in Staffordshire from April 2018.  

Have your say

We are asking people to have their say on four proposed options that consider a range of factors including: the amount of subsidy, number of passengers, travel for education, employment and health and access to other public transport.

Full details of the options and how to have your say can be found online here 

Alternatively, you can download a paper copy here  PDF iconHave your Say Transport Consultation.pdf

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 17th September 2017. 

Take part in this public consultation here