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SOCIAL EXCLUSION WARNING OVER BUS ROUTES THREAT

April 4, 2019 2:46 PM
Originally published by Shropshire Liberal Democrats

.Two Councillors in the West of the County have asked Shropshire Council to rule our further cuts in bus services to the very rural parts of the County as the Council launches a consultation on the future our buses.

Bishops Castle Councillor, Jonny Keeley, said: "First the Council strips away essential services claiming we can travel to use these in larger towns, then they propose to considerably reduce our bus service which will isolate people and reduce options for commuters, students and hospital visits.

"Only recently Children's Services were removed from Crowgate in Bishops Castle to Shrewsbury. Many of the families now have to use the bus to access this service."

"These cuts are affecting many parts of Shropshire but I believe Bishops Castle is among those areas hit the hardest as we are a very long way from hospitals, colleges and other services."

The Council's Consultation will run from 25 March to 6 May 2019 with a vote in cabinet on Wednesday 22 May. One example of the measures proposed is reducing the Bishops Castle to Plox Green 553 service (and then on to Shrewsbury) from 5 to 2 per day.

Nigel Hartin, Shropshire Councillor for Clun said: " We have seen our rural bus network seriously pared back over the years. Further cuts would seriously impair the ability some of the most vulnerable in society to access key services such heath care in our towns. Our young people would also suffer greatly. Further cuts can only add to the social exclusion felt by many in rural areas"

To take part in the consultation go to: shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/reduction-of-local-bus-service-subsidies-financial-year-201920/