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LANCASHIRE CC'S RURAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT STRATEGY TARGETS GRANTS

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Lancashire CC is to develop a rural public transport strategy aimed at getting the best out of a number of grants a...
Lancashire CC is to develop a rural public transport strategy aimed at getting the best out of a number of grants available for the promotion and subsidy of public transport in out of town areas.

The public transport sub-committee agreed to a draft strategy document being drawn up as quickly as possible with the aim of consulting transport bosses, commuters, existing users of services and other interested parties during June and July this year.

Once their views have been gathered, a special meeting of the sub-committee will be called in September to finalise the document and give the go-ahead for its implementation.

Public transport sub-committee chairman Bob Clark said:

'Besides the£740,000 cash windfall this year with similar amounts

for 1999 and 2000, giving a total of over£2m, for rural

public transport in Lancashire announced by the government earlier

this year there are a number of grants available from other

sources such as the Rural Development Commission. These could be

used to improve existing routes or start completely new ones.

'Our aim in drawing up this Strategy is to maximise the amount of

grant aid we will be eligible for and use it where it is needed. I

would urge anyone with views and suggestions for improved bus and

Lancashire CC so that they can be included in this

important consultation.

'Remember, any plans we make are intended for your benefit so we

need to know what you want.'

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