Bus Services after the Spending Review - Transport Committee Contents

Written evidence from M McKenzie (BUS 90)

I live in Threshfield, a small village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and write to express my concerns about the possible threat to our local bus services. In my view it is vital that these should be protected because:

—  Many local residents do not have their own transport and a bus link to our nearest market town is essential, particularly so for the elderly, for those on low incomes and for those who are too young to drive.

—  It is a "green" service keeping unnecessary cars off the roads, cutting down on pollution and greenhouse gases.

—  Our own bus service managed to keep going this winter despite the snow and ice when many local residents were unable or unwilling to risk driving.

—  Rural communities have already had to bear the brunt of increased fuel charges both for transport—if we are to keep these communities alive and thriving we have to ensure that those on low and average incomes can still afford to live here and to get to their place of employment.

In times of recession it seems to me even more important that we protect the few services available for the more vulnerable members of our society.

March 2011

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