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Bus Route 'Life-Lines' Must be Protected

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Cuts to subsidised bus routes in Bristol will leave many elderly and disabled people isolated, and put others at risk of losing their jobs.  That’s the warning from Labour MP Dawn Primarolo, ahead of the Lib Dem Council’s meeting to decide on a £2.2 million cut to public transport in Bristol.

A disastrous tendering exercise, championed by the Council’s previous transport boss, has seen prices for subsidised services rocket.  This, combined with a cut of £1 million from the Conservative/Lib Dem Government, has left Bristol commuters in limbo.

Dawn, who has written to raise her concerns with the Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said:

“Yet again the most vulnerable are being made to pay as services are cut.  The Council currently subsidises a number of transport services, including bus routes early in the morning and late at night, and at weekends and public holidays.  These services may not be profitable, but they are a life-line for people who use them.  Shift workers, people going on a night out, and elderly and disabled people wanting to get out and about at the weekends are all at risk from these proposals.

“The cuts from the Government are bad enough.  What beggars belief is the ludicrous re-tendering exercise carried out by the Lib Dems.  At the time, we were told it would result in cheaper fares and improved services.  Transport campaigners, bus passengers and opposition councillors warned the Lib Dems that they were being hopelessly optimistic, but they did not listen.

“The Council must focus on protecting the most vulnerable and ensuring that people can get to and from work.  They need to rethink these damaging proposals.”

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