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Passenger Transport Strategy

12/10/2016
Passenger Transport Strategy Approved


Yesterday at Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Meeting the decision to adopt the Passenger Transport Strategy was approved.

 

After an extensive consultation process we have listened to feedback on subsidised routes, community transport and concessionary fares.

 

Last year the council spent £1.2m funding bus routes which, in this current financial climate is neither sustainable or an efficient use of taxpayers money. The funding of bus routes is a discretionary service.

 

As part of the Passenger Transport Strategy we will now have a new, fair process to decide whether a bus route gets funding or not. As subsidised routes come to an end of their contract we will use the new process to decide if we will subsidise it.

 

Any route the council is unable to fund will be made available to Community Transport providers and the council has already seen these companies stepping in to provide services.

 

Community Transport services are particularly popular for people living in rural areas, older and disabled people. As part of the new Passenger Transport Strategy the council are introducing a new tender process where transport providers can enter a competitive process to provide  dial a ride services .

 

Prior to the consultation one idea was to change the way concessionary fares and passes work by allowing holders to only use services between 9:30am-11pm. Having listened to concerns from residents the council have decided not to change this. We will be asking residents to renew their passes every five years when they expire.

 

We will be sending out a press release and updating our website to let customers know the about the changes.

 

Full Council will review the decision on 17th November 2017. More information can be found at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/pts