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.Person:Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for environment and transport
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.
For more information, visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/passenger-transport-consultation , call 0116 305 0002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.