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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Green light for cuts to Barrow Millom bus route subsidies

COUNCIL subsidies for several local bus services will be cut within a matter of months, it has been confirmed.

Councillors voted to end subsidies for a number of routes affecting Barrow and Millom as part of their cost-saving measures, and the decision has since been rubber-stamped.

Among the routes that are subsidised by the council are four number seven buses between Barrow, Millom and Haverigg, the X6 Sunday service from Millom to Whitehaven,and the M1-M3 service between Millom and Haverigg.

The decision to remove council funds for these routes has left their future uncertain, with efforts now being made to support commercial companies and parish councils in taking over the running of them.The bus subsidies are set to be removed during the 2014/15 financial year.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said government funding cuts meant it was no longer possible to pay for the services.

He said: “As part of a package of savings measures, councillors voted in February to end subsidies for bus services.

“This change, which will come into place during 2014/15, does not mean an end to free bus passes which are a statutory requirement.

“Like many local authorities, Cumbria County Council does not receive the full cost of providing free bus passes from central government.

“This, combined with other reductions in government funding, means the county council is losing one in every four pounds which it used to receive to fund all the services it provides.”

Alternative transport plans are being drawn up and it is believed the loss of bus subsidies will be phased out gradually over the coming months.

Cumbria County Council has already delivered £88m in savings since 2010, and needs to find a further £88m between now and 2017.

It says the cost of subsidising some bus services can be as high as £12.31 per passenger per journey.

Have your say

And When did YOU last catch a train to Millom Daren ? I travel through Millom twice a day, everyday on the train and its 99% on time.
Its far more comfortable and civilised than getting thrown about on a bus down the medi-eval cart track known as the A595.

Posted by Ulverston Fella on 6 March 2014 at 14:02

No wonder the numbers of people using the number 7 buses is low. They run at inconsistent times, inconsistent days and inconsistent routes. I never know where to get on or get off or whether to bother waiting at all!

Posted by Confused on 6 March 2014 at 09:03

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