Anger Over Sutton on the Forest Bus Cuts
9:58am 20th February 2014
Liberal Democrats in York have presented a petition to the city council urging them to reverse the changes made to the bus service in Stockton-on-the-Forest.
Transdev reduced Coastliner servives from York to Malton from frequent Coastliner bus services until 23.39 to just two services stooping at 19.55 and 21.21.The petition, which has gained over 134 signatures, pushes for a return to regular bus services to the village. Funding cuts by Labour run City of York Council and Conservative run North Yorkshire County Council have been blamed for the service loss.
Liberal Democrat campaigner Tony Fisher said:
“I hope that this petition will help the Council to realise how important this bus service to the village is and reinstate a regular late night timetable. Currently residents are forced to end a night in York early or catch leave work very late in order to catch a bus which is simply not good enough. The transport funding cuts have not been thought through well and clearly nobody has considered the effects of this disruption to the local community.”
In response, York's Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainability, Dave Merrett said:
"The council will consider this petition carefully before formally responding on what is a very challenging issue for many councils at present. However, the long and the short of it is funding reductions from Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Government are leaving no options but to reduce subsidies on some bus routes where people are not using them in sufficient numbers to make them viable. We want people to use buses so any removal of subsidy is not a decision taken lightly."
"I would encourage Mr Fisher as a Liberal Democrat to make representations to his national party as this will be the most direct way of impressing on those reducing council funding some of the impact of their decisions".
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