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Save our buses

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Roads to Nowhere

Transport charity calls for councillors to reject an end to supported buses in Oxfordshire

3 November 2015

Responding to proposals by Oxfordshire County Council to cut all supported buses in the county, included those in David Cameron’s Witney constituency, Martin Abrams, from Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Oxfordshire County Council’s bus cuts are by far the largest proposed this year as councils try to meet spending cuts imposed on them from central Government. Many of the services and routes which now face the axe will in effect mean the end of public transport altogether for thousands of local people.

“We would urge councillors to reject the proposal to cut all supported services and to closely examine the remaining proposals and their effect on people who rely on buses and who will have no alternative once they are gone, before making any decision. We are also urging the Government to recognise the vital role buses play in local economies and rural communities and do more to protect bus services from spending cuts before it’s too late.”

Oxfordshire County Council has put forward four alternative proposals for cutting the buses budget. The most extreme would save £3.7m by ending all supported bus services. Other options involve the removal of certain services and a reduction in others. The full report, which includes a list of threatened services, is available at here. Councillors will decide which proposal will go ahead at next Tuesday’s (10 November) council meeting.

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).