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Petition against bus cuts

July 17, 2015 10:53 AM

Wiltshire Council Conservatives want to resolve their financial difficulties by removing subsidies to bus services. This will mean most or all rural services across the county will be withdrawn. If you think this is a bad idea there is a petition to be signed - message below from Cllr Terry Chivers:


Dear Friends,

With your support we recently saved our RUH Hopper Service. We now learn that local councillors and local members of Parliament are planning to axe hundreds of bus services across our County. We have now launched our SAVE OUR BUSES CAMPAIGN. We have forced the Council to back down on the Hopper service: now we have to say hands off our local bus services so please sign our petition.

The government and Wiltshire Council ,are about to make the most savage cuts to the local bus network that have ever been seen. 50 per cent of bus services are supported by Wiltshire Council. Any cuts will leave thousands of local residents without any form of transport unless they are lucky enough to own their own transport.

Buses are the most frequently used form of public transport. Day in and day out they link thousands of people up and down the county to jobs, schools and shops.

However, Wiltshire Council spending cuts will have a devastating effect on our bus services. Across the county vital buses will be axed by local councillors as they make final decisions which rural and town services will be axed. However before making their final decision they should take the following into account.

• 64 per cent of jobseekers either have no access to a vehicle or cannot drive
• Young people are amongst the biggest users of bus services , whilst 40 per cent of people over 60 use the bus at least once a week
• Passenger cars produce nearly 60 per cent of all CO2 emissions from road transport in the UK, compared with just 5 per cent from buses
• If drivers switched just one in twenty five of their car journeys to bus or coach, it would mean one billion fewer car journeys per year
• Every £1 of public investment in buses provides between £3 and £5 of wider benefits
• Bus commuters generate £64 billion in economic output every year
The biggest problem is that few if any of these councillors that will decided the fate of our bus network in Wiltshire will have ever set foot on a bus.