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Jobs fears over bus routes

Managing Director of Blackpool Transport Trevor Roberts aboard one of the refurbished double decker buses which now have full disabled access.
One of the old buses which this model replaces is seen in the background.   PIC BY ROB LOCK
3-5-2012

Managing Director of Blackpool Transport Trevor Roberts aboard one of the refurbished double decker buses which now have full disabled access. One of the old buses which this model replaces is seen in the background. PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-5-2012

A disgruntled residents group claim people will have to give up their jobs if an Over Wyre bus route is scaled back.

Stalmine with Staynall Residents Association (SSRA) say they are “deeply concerned” about Lancashire County Council’s proposals to cut the 2C bus service from Knott End to Blackpool.

Residents across Over Wyre face having three key buses - the 2C, 86 and 89 - reduced to run only during the daytime on weekdays.

Peter Swarbrick, chairman of the SSRA, said: “SSRA is deeply concerned about the LCC proposals to cut subsidies to the Over Wyre 2C bus service from Knott End to Blackpool.

“We believe this will have serious consequences for the local economy and well-being of many Over Wyre residents.

“Many daytime workers and shift workers travelling to their workplace on both sides of the River Wyre would suffer economically and possibly have to give up their jobs should they not be able to access a bus service, own a car or afford taxis.

“Carers on both sides of the River would be similarly adversely affected and importantly so would the people needing care.”

Lancashire County Council put forward the idea to cut from £3.8m from its budget over the next two years as it tries to find savings of £300m by 2018.

Across the Fylde coast, a dozen routes could be hit by the cut-backs, taking more than 250 journeys a week off the roads.

It comes as part of plans to reduce the £8m a year the council spends subsidising routes that are not commercially viable.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport at Lancashire County Council, said county hall bosses are having to make some tough decisions.

He said: “We would never have chosen to be in this financial situation but have to find ways to drastically reduce our budget due to cuts imposed by central government.

“Our first priority is to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our society but to achieve this we have to look at everything we do and propose some difficult solutions.”

 

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