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Council unveils plans to investigate support for bus services

5 March 2015

Allerdale Borough Council is to invest £10,000 to support those communities facing cuts to local bus services.

Speaking at last night’s [Wednesday 4 March] Council meeting, Deputy Leader Barbara Cannon, said that the recent announcement of cuts to services in Broughton Moor, Little Broughton and Great Broughton had brought into sharp focus the impact of the removal of bus subsidies by Cumbria County Council.

Cllr Cannon said: “It’s clear that these services are vital for people – whether for work, to get to the shops, or to the doctors.

“Many of the people affected are the most vulnerable who have little or no choice than to use the bus. We talk a lot about economic poverty, but transport poverty is a real issue in this area and can make people feel isolated if they cannot get out easily.

“As we are not the highway authority, this is not something Allerdale Borough Council has been involved with in the past. However, the situation is getting desperate for those living in some of our most remote villages so we are keen to help if we can. ”

In a recent survey carried out by Allerdale Borough Council, some 29% of respondents identified public transport bus services as an issue which most needs improving in the area.

The Council is now investigating what assistance it can give to ensure these communities have a transport service which meets their needs. The two Town Centre Managers, Joe Broomfield and Toni Magean, will be speaking to community representatives to find out what they think is needed. This may be providing money to support regular services, or looking to improve the availability of other types of service such as the Rural Wheels initiative.

The Council is now going to consult the local communities, the transport companies and other partners. Council officers will be looking at the needs of the whole borough – in north Allerdale as well as the areas around Maryport, Workington, Cockermouth and Keswick.

Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, added: “We will be led by our communities on this matter. I want to make sure that we look at this in a comprehensive way across all our public transport systems. This is about ensuring people are not isolated, that they can get to work – and home again – and that they can live full and active lives. This is also about this area’s economic development. People will only want to live and work here if there are adequate transport links.”

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