Funding for bus services could be withdrawn across Hertfordshire, affecting Potters Bar, Borehamwood and Elstree passengers

A consultation has now been launched to find out how much money bus users want the council to spend on the 119 services in the county.

A consultation has now been launched to find out how much money bus users want the council to spend on the 119 services in the county.

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  Subsidised bus services could be scrapped to save money.

Hertfordshire County Council, which subsidises bus routes in Borehamwood, Elstree and Potters Bar, is proposing to withdraw funding to routes across the county that run after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

The council currently spends £3.8million every year subsidising bus services, but believes many are not well-used.

A consultation has now been launched to find out how much money bus users want the council to spend on the 119 services in the county.

Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways, said: “The amount of support we pay per passenger journey ranges from 10p to more than £9 per person. In the current financial climate, we need to review whether this arrangement provides the best value for all Hertfordshire taxpayers while meeting, as far as possible, the essential travel needs of the county’s residents.

“The county council is committed to saving at least £700,000 from the annual bus budget of £3.8m by April 2015. No decisions have been made yet on how to make this saving and we want your views on our proposed ideas. It’s really important to us that we hear from as many residents as possible – whether you’re a regular bus user or not – so we can make informed decisions.”

Around 809,300 passenger journeys will be affected by the proposed cuts each year.

Services that are operated commercially by bus operators will be unaffected by the proposal and consultation, while children and elderly people entitled to free travel will continue to be provided with transport.

To give your views, visit the council’s consultation page.

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11:04am Tue 22 Jul 14

triedandtrusted says...

If it saves money fine but advertise it well that the service is withdrawn. Perhaps the companies concerned can run one perhaps once a night
If it saves money fine but advertise it well that the service is withdrawn. Perhaps the companies concerned can run one perhaps once a night triedandtrusted
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1:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

ANt Gee says...

if it is true that subsidies sometimes equate to £9 per passenger then of course that shouldnt be the responsibility of the taxpayers - it might be cheaper to hire a taxi! Even subsidies of 10p a passenger dont seem worthwhile - that is only £1 a week if the passenger travels return Monday to Friday so I am not sure if we should really be paying for that
if it is true that subsidies sometimes equate to £9 per passenger then of course that shouldnt be the responsibility of the taxpayers - it might be cheaper to hire a taxi! Even subsidies of 10p a passenger dont seem worthwhile - that is only £1 a week if the passenger travels return Monday to Friday so I am not sure if we should really be paying for that ANt Gee
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2:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

david Burcombe says...

Put on a minbus eill be chesper in the evening up to 22 seats could be enough
Put on a minbus eill be chesper in the evening up to 22 seats could be enough david Burcombe
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2:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

triedandtrusted says...

i think David means 12 as mini buses can only carry up to 16
i think David means 12 as mini buses can only carry up to 16 triedandtrusted
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