Rural bus cuts protest by South Craven MP

South Craven MP Julian Smith has met North Yorkshire County Council bosses to stress the importance of rural bus services.

He discussed the issue with Councillor Chris Metcalfe – the executive member responsible for buses – and Richard Owens, the council’s assistant director for integrated passenger transport.

“I wanted to meet with those making decisions about the future of bus subsidies in North Yorkshire to ensure they were aware of the importance of rural bus services in my constituency and the strength of feeling my constituents have on this issue,” said Mr Smith.

“I have received many representations from residents concerned about the impact any reduction in services could have.”

Coun Metcalfe told the Keighley News proposed cuts formed part of the options to meet savings targets.

“The council spends some £4.4 million a year subsidising the 20 per cent of bus journeys that are not commercially viable,” he said.

“In assessing the options for a reduction, our strategy has been to ensure as many communities as possible retain a basic bus service.”

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