Hampshire County Council approve £2.2m bus service cuts

DECISION Cocunillor Mel Kendall
DECISION Cocunillor Mel Kendall
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BUS subsidies of around £2.2m will be cut from Hampshire County Council’s budget, the authority have confirmed.

The council’s leader for transport, Councillor Mel Kendal, approved a cut of £2.2m from the council’s £6.7m budget. It will affect 13 of services in Gosport, Fareham and Havant.

But no services which cross the boundary between Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council will be affected.

Hampshire County Council must make savings of £55m this year and £45m next year.

These cuts will be applied to services which the private bus operators feel are insufficiently used or not profitable.

Cllr Kendal said: ‘It is very unfortunate that we have had to make these cuts. It is not something we would want to to and we do appreciate that they will mean a loss of convience for people across the county.

‘But we have proritied work and shopping services and the financial constraints we have mean that we have very little choice.

‘We will not leave anybody without any form of transport.’

The cuts, which cover both this year and next, will take effect from October.