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PLEA FOR GOVERNMENT HELP AS COUNCILS CUT BUS SUBSIDIES

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A survey of local authorities has found many are having to cut subsidies to ...
A survey of local authorities has found many are having to cut subsidies to

bus transport, which could result in the loss of two million bus journeys

next year, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

West Sussex CC cabinet member (strategic environmental services) Tex Pemberton told the programme that a number of bus companies in the county had gone bust. 'We have tried to plug the gap with financial support in order to keep services going', he said.

'That's run us into an overspend of£500,000 in this financial year'.

He said: 'If public transport needs to work to meet the government's

aspirations, then the government will have to accept that there need to be

subsidies'.

* see LGCnetfor 'RURAL BUS CHALLENGE -£20M BOOST FOR BUS SERVICES'

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