28 June 2011: Save Our Buses is celebrating the news that the Council will review their decision to cut 100% of support for buses.
This is great news for Cambridgeshire bus users and shows the efforts of Save Our Buses and local campaigners have really paid off. Now the council has shown it can talk the talk, but the question is whether it can walk the walk? So far the announcement has been made in the press but the Council has yet to formally concede the legal challenge being made against it. The application being considered by the High Court makes a plea to the Council to review the decision and to do proper impact assessments before any bus cuts are made. It looks like the Council has bowed to the pressure, but we can’t be sure until the Council meeting on the 5th July.
Cambridgeshire are talking of a ‘transport revolution’. Plans for community transport and business-sponsored bus routes certainly have potential, but it’s protecting council-funded routes that will in reality save bus passengers from being stranded. After all, an affordable, reliable public bus service is hardly a lot to ask for. This should sound alarm bells in other authorities who have either cut all their funding for supported services or failed to consult and assess the impacts of their cuts to bus services.