Thursday, July 19, 2007


County bus cuts hit Oliver's Battery & Badger Farm

I'm angry about news of the County Council's proposed cuts in evening services on the 1 and 5 buses in Winchester. Both form part of the so called "Quality Bus Partnership", with the 5 service being the main bus route to Badger Farm and (during evenings) Oliver's Battery. The 6A service to Abbotts Barton will lose its subsidy too.

Tory proposals will cut the 5 service on Sunday evenings, with no buses after 1915 and will hit weekday services too, with the loss of the 2005 and 2105 buses.

Martin Tod, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the new Winchester constituency (which includes Chandlers Ford) commented:
"The Conservatives' planned bus cuts will hurt local people, local businesses and the local environment. To help tackle climate change, we need to be making it easier for people to use public transport, not harder. Under David Cameron, the Conservatives seem prepared to say anything to get elected - but what we can see locally is that they're not prepared to do anything to deliver on the values they claim to support."

Details of the planned Conservative cuts are at -in Winchester they are withdrawing subsidies from the Stagecoach 1, 5, 6 and 6A services.
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