Have your say on plans to cut buses

Malvern Gazette: SPEAK OUT: Coun Martin Lawrence has arranged two meetings in Malvern. SPEAK OUT: Coun Martin Lawrence has arranged two meetings in Malvern.

URGENT public meetings have been called to give passengers a chance to have their say on an “outrageous”

threat to bus services.

Malvern town councillor Martin Lawrence is holding two meetings in the town on Wednesday to ensure people understand the implications of proposals to axe public funding for buses and know how they can give their views.

Concerned councillor Tom Wells has called meetings in village halls across his Powick division to give people the same opportunity.

Worcestershire County Council is considering scrapping a £3 million taxpayers’ subsidy for public transport as it explores ways to save £98 million by 2017.

A total of 88 services are currently subsidised, including the 41-43 and 362-364 services that carry more than 330,000 people a year between Upton, Malvern and Worcester.

The Malvern meetings are at the Octagon Community Centre, Brook Farm Drive, Poolbrook, at 1pm and 7pm.

Coun Lawrence said: “There are a lot of people, particularly older people, who haven’t got the internet and who can’t fill in the consultation forms online. The meetings are a last-minute opportunity for residents to say what they really think, and for politicians to prove that they are listening.”

Coun Wells, a long-serving member of the county council, is campaigning against the plans.

He said it is “outrageous”

that the council could even consider withdrawing the cash.

“They are a vital lifeline for people and I want to do everything I can to ensure that my residents’ voices are heard loud and clear,” he said.

Meetings have taken place in Hanley Swan Village Hall – where more than 100 people attended – and Callow End Village Hall this week.

A third and final meeting will take place in Welland Village Hall at 7pm on Monday.

As well as explaining the situation, Coun Wells will be attending the meetings well armed with consultation response forms and ensuring people know how to properly fill them in.

He said he will deliver all the responses completed at the meetings personally to County Hall before the consultation closes on Friday, January 17.

Coun John Smith, county cabinet member for highways, has warned that “tough decisions will have to be made”. But he said no final decisions have been made and has urged people to have their say during the consultation.

The consultation can also be completed online at worcestershire.gov.uk/bus servicereview.

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10:16am Fri 17 Jan 14

ElaineIsobel says...

Regarding the scrapping of bus services. We live in Callow End where the bus service is a vital link to Worcester and surrounding areas for many people living here, for whatever reasons they have. With more houses to be built in the Powick area alone, there will be more demand for local buses. Who knows where housing will be built in the future! I have already completed the response form given out by Tom Wells. We need our local services to keep on running. They are not just for the elderly either!
Regarding the scrapping of bus services. We live in Callow End where the bus service is a vital link to Worcester and surrounding areas for many people living here, for whatever reasons they have. With more houses to be built in the Powick area alone, there will be more demand for local buses. Who knows where housing will be built in the future! I have already completed the response form given out by Tom Wells. We need our local services to keep on running. They are not just for the elderly either! ElaineIsobel

6:45pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Geep says...

I also live in Callow End. Fair play to Tom Wells, he notified local residents. Which was more than the rest of the council did. In the 'Consultation Document' it also mentioned 2 previous 'consultations' on bus services - hmm, can't remember us being consulted on those, or seeing any publicity about them.
If you do not drive, or are incapable due to infirmity, these bus services are vital.
I also live in Callow End. Fair play to Tom Wells, he notified local residents. Which was more than the rest of the council did. In the 'Consultation Document' it also mentioned 2 previous 'consultations' on bus services - hmm, can't remember us being consulted on those, or seeing any publicity about them. If you do not drive, or are incapable due to infirmity, these bus services are vital. Geep

7:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Bufton Tufton says...

The all-day rider ticket from Upton to Malvern is ridiculously cheap, £2.50 I think, so is being subsidised by the tax-payer by a ludicrous amount. The shorter journey from Malvern to Worcester is over £5.00 which seems about right. I think the service should be retained but the subsidy cut to allowing the price of the tickets to rise so that the passengers who actually use the service pay a fare contribution towards keeping it running. The frequency of the service between Worcester and Malvern should be cut during the day to every 40 mins or so as the bus is often three quarters empty except at peak times.
The all-day rider ticket from Upton to Malvern is ridiculously cheap, £2.50 I think, so is being subsidised by the tax-payer by a ludicrous amount. The shorter journey from Malvern to Worcester is over £5.00 which seems about right. I think the service should be retained but the subsidy cut to allowing the price of the tickets to rise so that the passengers who actually use the service pay a fare contribution towards keeping it running. The frequency of the service between Worcester and Malvern should be cut during the day to every 40 mins or so as the bus is often three quarters empty except at peak times. Bufton Tufton

8:03pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Bufton Tufton says...

The article states, "A total of 88 services are currently subsidised, including the 41-43 and 362-364 services that carry more than 330,000 people a year between Upton, Malvern and Worcester."
The services do NOT carry more than 330,000 a year, the 330,000 figure equates to passenger journeys which are not the same thing at all. A large majority of the people who use these routes are regular travellers so the figure includes one-off journeys and also the same people travelling again and again.
The article states, "A total of 88 services are currently subsidised, including the 41-43 and 362-364 services that carry more than 330,000 people a year between Upton, Malvern and Worcester." The services do NOT carry more than 330,000 a year, the 330,000 figure equates to passenger journeys which are not the same thing at all. A large majority of the people who use these routes are regular travellers so the figure includes one-off journeys and also the same people travelling again and again. Bufton Tufton

7:19pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Geep says...

Sorry, Bufton, what is your point? Or are you splitting hairs? We all know that WN is often not correct in the way it puts thing...I'm sure the average reader is capable of understanding this means there are 330,000 passenger journeys p.a.
Sorry, Bufton, what is your point? Or are you splitting hairs? We all know that WN is often not correct in the way it puts thing...I'm sure the average reader is capable of understanding this means there are 330,000 passenger journeys p.a. Geep

10:53pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Geep wrote:
Sorry, Bufton, what is your point? Or are you splitting hairs? We all know that WN is often not correct in the way it puts thing...I'm sure the average reader is capable of understanding this means there are 330,000 passenger journeys p.a.
The point is that the number of people who could potentially be affected by a possible reduction in bus services is not as great as 330,000.
[quote][p][bold]Geep[/bold] wrote: Sorry, Bufton, what is your point? Or are you splitting hairs? We all know that WN is often not correct in the way it puts thing...I'm sure the average reader is capable of understanding this means there are 330,000 passenger journeys p.a.[/p][/quote]The point is that the number of people who could potentially be affected by a possible reduction in bus services is not as great as 330,000. Bufton Tufton

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