West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper fears that the longer term future of West Lancashire Dial-A-Ride remains under threat despite the stay of execution announced last week.
Rosie met with the Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council this week expressing her fear that hundreds of West Lancashire residents could be left isolated if local dial-a-ride services are lost.
This situation came about following the transfer of responsibility for concessionary travel from Borough Councils to Lancashire County Council. Subsequently, the County Council took the decision to remove Dial-A-Ride services from the NoWCard scheme.
MP Rosie said:
“When the original decision was taken to stop people from using their NoWCards on Dial-A-Ride services it was like signing the death warrant of these organisations. They have a three month stay of execution yet their future still remains uncertain and under threat.
“I believe that the Conservative-run Councils have felt the full force of the backlash from people across Lancashire for whom Dial-A-Ride services are a lifeline. Some constituents have said to me that they doubt this 3 month concession would have been offered without the local elections being so close.
“Others have said this is typical Conservative’s they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.
“If this is the case, then I am sure that people will not be fooled by this rather transparent tactic. However, the question still remains what happens when the three months is up. I am calling on Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council to ensure that the people of this area are not left high and dry without access to essential transport services.”