Rutland bus users express concerns about services at meeting
Bus users in Rutland met with representatives from the county council and operators to express their concerns about services in the county.
Around 80 people attended the meeting last Wednesday at the Rutland County Museum.
Wanda Allen, a Rutland bus campaigner, said: “The feedback was all heartfelt and shows that the cuts to the bus services are causing a real deterioration in the quality of life for many people in Rutland.”
She said people’s concerns centred around people feeling trapped in their homes and reduced opportunities to visit surrounding towns.
Rob Harbour, deputy director of places at Rutland County Council, said: “We were really pleased that around 80 bus users attended March’s meeting to talk with officers from our transport team and representatives from bus companies.
“Fewer people are using local bus services, which means that some routes are no longer considered commercially viable for bus companies – even with large subsidies from the council.
“In the past year, Rutland County Council has protected every bus service that has come under threat, and worked closely with neighbouring authorities to reduce the impact of any
cuts to services outside Rutland.
“Where passenger numbers have dropped, we’re promoting the wider use of ‘on demand’
bus services, like CallConnect.”