Bus users concerned about cuts to services

Hertfordshire County Council is proposing to stop providing money to routes across the county that run after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

Hertfordshire County Council is proposing to stop providing money to routes across the county that run after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Bus users have expressed their concern at plans to cut bus services in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire County Council, which funds bus routes in Borehamwood and Elstree, is proposing to stop providing money to routes that run after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

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.

Borehamwood resident John Cartledge spoke about the consultation at a recent resident’s association meeting. He said: “I think that this will be a huge loss to the town. Buses are critically important to people that cannot get about.”

A number of services in the town may be affected, including the B3 and 658, which are funded by the county council.

Route 306, which runs between Borehamwood and Watford, is subsidised by the council in the evenings and at weekends - meaning it may also be affected by the cuts.

Bus user David Burcombe, who also attended the meeting, added: “I’m very concerned about these services. I don’t often use buses as I have a car, but there are people who can no longer drive and rely on buses to go out.”

Councillor Terry Douris said: "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.”

The consultation can be submitted online or by post, and will end on October 8.

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