West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed action by Lancashire County Council to protect vital local bus services that are a lifeline for many West Lancashire residents following the cuts to subsidised bus services.
MP Rosie believes that local communities require long-term solutions to avoid becoming more isolated and disconnected in the future as government continues to slash local councils’ funding.
In February Lancashire County Council’s budget proposed ending funding for all subsidised bus services across the county in the face of government cuts of £75 million this year. Leaving a funding gap of £303 million by 2020.
On 8th March Lancashire County Council’s Working Group on Bus Service announced following a review their proposals for the full or partial protection of several bus routes serving West Lancashire, including:
Responding to the announcement West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“For many people and communities local bus services are a lifeline. Everyday people are reliant on these services to get to school, to college, to work, to their doctor, to the shops or to meet up with family and friends.
“Along with local residents I campaigned to save local bus services because the consequences of losing these transport links are serious and have far-reaching consequences.
“Lancashire County Council’s investment to protect some of those services is to be welcomed and reflects their understanding of how important these services are to people and entire communities.
“Looking to the future it remains the case that government has and continues to cut local council budgets, which begs the question of how bus services will be funded in the years ahead.
“This government understands the price of everything but the value of nothing. When it comes to transport this needs to change because by failing to value it will cost them more in the long run.”