Bus Services after the Spending Review - Transport Committee Contents

Further written evidence from N Browne (BUS 80a)

Thank you for your letter dated 28 March 2011.

Since sending my letter on 21 March 2011 I have found out by attending a public Transport Forum in Taunton that cuts to evening and Sunday bus services mentioned in my letter represent only a third of the total bus cuts proposed by Somerset County Council more cuts to bus subsidies are to come in 2012 and 2013.

With nearly all evening and Sunday buses withdrawn this year it is obvious that only buses left to be cut are the Core Monday to Saturday daytime services and rural buses. In Somerset many many Monday to Saturday buses are subsidised.

By 2013 if the planned cuts go ahead, Somerset will be left with only a handful of scattered and fragmented bus services across the county. The bus network will have been destroyed. Exact details of services to be cut have still to be worked out over the course of the next year.

March 2011

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