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Bus passengers invited to have a say on Lancashire services

Your say: Coun John Fillis

Your say: Coun John Fillis

The travelling public is being encouraged to have a say on county council run bus services.

Lancashire County Council is asking people what they think about a new way to put a value on local bus services when deciding which to prioritise for support.

Most buses are run by private companies, but the council finances others which provide a service but often don’t attract enough passengers to run at a profit.

At the moment, transport planners apply guidelines which require a bus service to make 40% of its total operating costs through fares to offer enough value for money to be worthy of support.

This means those which don’t make much money are more likely to be withdrawn when there’s a need to reduce services regardless of how important they are to the local community.

The county council is consulting with councils, passenger groups, bus operators, and local groups, as well as inviting comments from members of the public, until Thursday July 31.

Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Public transport is vital to many people and I know how highly people value the bus services which are subsidised by the county council.”

To view the criteria and complete an online questionnaire please go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

 

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