Appeal to use buses or more services could face the axe

JPCT 03-07-12 S12270002X Carfax. Horsham. Bus -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 03-07-12 S12270002X Carfax. Horsham. Bus -photo by Steve Cobb
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Councillors have appealed to the public to use their bus services following West Sussex County Council’s decision to withdraw subsidies.

In their newsletter to residents Liberal Democrat members of the county council say that the financial support was a ‘safety net’ for public transport which was necessary to maintain services.

The group opposed the council’s £2m cuts over three years and even proposed reducing the amount being put into reserves to retain the £750,000 needed to subsidise the buses.

Morwen Millson (LDem, Horsham Riverside) said: “Liberal Democrats in the [cross party working group on bus subsidies] wanted to make sure the cuts were introduced as farily as possible.

“We have managed to ensure that sensible suggestions from the bus companies were adopted, even though the full £2m savings will not be achieved this year.”

Metrobus has confirmed it will run services which are not subsidised for a trial period.