22 February 2016
Responding to Lincolnshire County Council's u-turn on the proposed £2 million bus cuts, James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“This is great news, not only for all the people in Lincolnshire who have fought so hard to save these essential bus services, but for all the people who rely on rural buses to go about their daily lives. Local bus services play a vital role across Lincolnshire and are of huge benefit to the community socially, economically and environmentally. After so much local opposition people will be overjoyed the council has made the right decision to save these vital services.”
David Rimmington, who campaigned against the proposed cuts, said: “We welcome the council’s change of heart. This decision goes to show that when enough individuals stand together with one voice they can change things. I’d like to thank everyone who signed the petition, this is a real victory for the people of Lincolnshire.”
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Notes to Editors
- Supported buses are services that are subsidised by local authorities because they are not provided by commercial bus companies. They account for between 20-25 per cent of bus services across England and Wales and serve communities where no alternative route exists, meaning that any cut or alteration can often have a huge impact on residents and local economies.
- Campaign for Better Transport’s Buses in Crisis report was published on 19 November 2015. It is based on Freedom of Information requests to all 110 local transport authorities across England and Wales. This is the fifth year that Campaign for Better Transport has monitored the impacts of cuts to supported bus services (those services funded by local authorities) in this way.
- 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).