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Info events on passenger transport consultation

Council subsidising some services to the tune of £2.4m

There's still time to have a say on plans to make the best use of county council money to support passenger transport services.

The authority is seeking views on a new policy and strategy for public transport and residents can comment at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/passenger-transport-consultation and can also find out more at a series of information events.

 

We know that people value their independence, so we’re very aware of the importance of passenger transport services, particularly for rural communities.

We’re continuing to face significant financial challenges, but we’re fully committed to continuing to support passenger transport services. However, we need to underpin that commitment by introducing fair and transparent criteria which isn’t in place at the moment.

We have to ensure good use of the council’s limited resources by providing fit-for-purpose solutions that best meet the essential needs of Leicestershire’s residents - and that might not necessarily be the provision of a bus

 

Most of the bus services in Leicestershire are operated on a commercial basis by a number of bus operators at no cost to the council tax payer.

Where there is not a commercial service, the council spends around £2.4m on passenger transport services which support around 40 routes - that’s about £8 per household in the county.

The proposals in the consultation outline that many of the current services being provided are very good value for money in meeting people’s transport needs, through subsidised bus services, community-based solutions, demand responsive transport or community transport.

However, some of the current services are being subsidised by as much as £17 per person per journey, so the council wants to consult on what best meets the needs of helping people to attend health appointments, make shopping trips and, in some cases, into employment.

The consultation runs until 13 June - event details below, they run from 7pm to 8.30pm with registration from 6.30pm.

Thursday, 3rd May: Measham Leisure Centre, High Street, Measham, DE12 7HR
Thursday, 10th May: Lutterworth Town Hall, Market Square, Lutterworth LE17 4AT
Thursday, 17th May: Green Towers, Richmond Road, Hinckley LE10 0DZ
Monday, 21st May: Melton Civic Suite, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton LE13 1GH
Wednesday, 23rd May: Rosebery St Peter’s Community Centre, Storer Road, Loughborough LE11 5EQ

For more information, visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/passenger-transport-consultation , call 0116 305 0002 or email ptps@leics.gov.uk for further information.

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