Cuts to Local Bus Services will Devastate our Communities


Liberal Democrats in Oxfordshire are asking the council to protect their buses from deepening local authority budgets cuts.

"Threats to cut bus routes by Oxfordshire County Council will devastate communities and isolate people who depend on public transport on a daily basis", Cllr Bob Johnston Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport said.

Liberal Democrats in Oxfordshire are asking the council to protect their buses from deepening local authority budgets cuts.

The calls come as the report for Better Transport shows 63 per cent of local authorities cut bus services in 2015. The average cuts for Councils in the South East of England is 13.9%. Oxfordshire's proposed cuts are 33.9%. The ONS states that 37% of rural people do not have access to a car.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, Cllr John Howson said: "Buses in Oxfordshire are the lifeblood of the community helping people get to school, work and libraries. Without our buses many of our residents won't be able to get out and about as they don't have a car."

Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Greaves challenged the Government over the impact of cuts to local authority budgets (Wednesday January 13th).

Lord Greaves said: "These cuts will have a devastating effect on the people who use them in both villages and towns across the country. All over the country councils are stopping doing the things they do not have to do by law, with shocking consequences for communities and the quality of life of local people."


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