11 June 2015
Local residents from Shap are fighting back and telling Cumbria County Council – We want our bus services back!
Due to huge cuts in bus funding made by the council, bus services have been severely affected leading to the loss of vital services across rural locations, leaving many communities with little public transport and in some cases none at all.
William Walton from the Cumbria Rural Bus Crisis Committee said:
“With many people having no other means of transport, it is totally unacceptable that the council has made these cuts to bus services which have left people in rural areas stranded and isolated.
People need to use buses to get around more than ever, to access shops, the hospital or visit friends and family with many young people finding they are leaving school and are unable to travel outside the area for work.”
Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport said:
“Buses are vital to communities and the local economy and for elderly people, those on low incomes and young people, buses are often their only means of getting around.
Our research shows Cumbria to be one of the worst counties in England for reducing bus funding and this trend has to stop.”