Chehsire East proposes Bus Service Cuts

At the Cheshire East Council Environment Committee Meeting on 26 January
2017 the proposed cuts to bus services were discussed. A verbal presentation
was given on the passenger consultation on the proposed 40% (£1.6m)
reduction in the budget for supporting bus services in the borough. No
written report was presented.

A major flaw in the methodology is that only existing users of
council-supported bus services will be consulted.  Labour councillors asked
why non-users were not being consulted and asked why they don't use the bus,
and what would encourage them to do so, but no meaningful answer was given

Improved bus services could help combat the rising levels of air pollution
in our major towns and provide an attractive alternative to the private car
for those working and using the hoped-for growth in the night-time economies
of Crewe and Macclesfield.

Nick Mannion, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield West & Ivy, said “This is
the start of a process that could well see the end of the remaining evening
and Sunday bus services in Crewe and Macclesfield. The Tories will see the
£1.6million cut as a soft target as it will hurt few of their car-owning
supporters.”

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