Campaign launched against ‘disgraceful’ bus cut proposals in Stevenage

Arriva bus

Arriva bus - Credit: Archant

A campaign against “disgraceful and entirely unfair” proposed cuts to bus services has been launched.

So far more than 300 people have signed a petition set up by Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor, which calls for Herts County Council to reconsider plans to cut funding for bus services after 6.30pm and all day on Sundays.

A consultation regarding the proposals, which would save the county council approximately £700,000, is currently ongoing and runs until October 8.

Councillor Taylor, who was gathering signatures in Stevenage town centre at the weekend, said: “These proposals are disgraceful and entirely unfair to the many residents who depend upon these services to get around.

“We have already seen the number of East Coast train services stopping in Stevenage being slashed nearly 50 per cent by the Conservative-led government. The fact that the Conservative county council is now trying to get rid of evening and Sunday bus services shows just how out of touch they really are.


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“I urge as many people as possible to sign this Labour Party petition to make it clear that people won’t stand for any more cuts in Stevenage.”

Terry Douris, Herts County Council’s cabinet member for highways, has stressed that no decision has been made on the proposals.

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He said: “We welcome residents’ views on these proposals. It’s really important to us that we hear from as many residents as possible – whether you’re a regular bus user or not – so we can make informed decisions.”

To sign the petition visit www.sharontaylor4stevenage.com and to submit your comments to HCC log on to www.hertsdirect.org/busconsult. For paper copies, visit your nearest library.

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