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Nowhere is safe: bus cuts loom in Transport Secretary’s own constituency

28 November 2014
Derbyshire County Council’s consultation on £2.5 million in bus cuts closes in two weeks, giving residents a final chance to stand up for vital bus services that are being threatened in Patrick McLoughlin’s constituency. 

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Derbyshire has already cut £1.8 million from their supported bus services to date. It’s unthinkable that, in the constituency of the MP entrusted with the nation’s public transport, these massive further reductions in essential transport could go ahead. Local authorities are in the impossible situation of having to make savings in services that the community can’t afford to lose.”

The people who will be most affected by bus cuts in Derbyshire and in the many other areas experiencing swingeing cuts to their bus services are the most vulnerable: those too young or too old to drive, those who can’t afford to run a car and those in isolated areas where other forms of transport aren’t an option.

Martin continued:
“The Government needs to act quickly to save the country’s most vital transport service. Buses connect people to hospitals, shops and colleges, and generate £3 - £5 for every £1 invested in them. "The Government and Mr McLoughlin need to intervene and give new funding to rural transport, so that communities and their economies don't suffer these huge and unjustified cuts."

ENDS

For further information please contact Chloë Darlington at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or chloe.darlington@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).
2.    Derbyshire County Council invites bus users to respond to cuts consultation: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news_events/news-updates/2014/november/news_items/bus_passengers_urged_to_take_part_in_transport_consultation.asp 
3.    Buses are vital to the UK’s people and its economy: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/save-our-buses
4.    Campaign for Better Transport will publish Cuts Watch, reporting on the scale of current cuts to bus services across England and Wales, in January 2015. A map of existing cuts to bus services across the country is here: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/save-our-buses/bus-cuts-map