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.