Bus Subsidy Reductions

As you are no doubt aware we introduced changes to our contracted services in April 2014 to reduce the amount we spend on subsidising bus services in North Yorkshire.

Further announcements by the Government over future funding mean that the council now needs to find a further estimated £75.9m between 2015 and 2019.  We have therefore been asked to look at how we might reduce the amount of subsidy for local bus services to £1.5m every year from April 2016.

We have put together proposals which aim to make the best use of the funding available to us to provide services which meet the day-to-day transport needs of local communities. Our proposals can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/bussubsidy and we would be grateful if you could let us have your comments on the proposals.

It is important that we engage as many residents in the consultation as possible and we are asking for your help in raising awareness of the consultation in your community. I have attached a copy of a poster which can be printed off or alternatively we can send you some in the post to display in your area. It would also be helpful if you could discuss this matter at the next meeting of your council and encourage individuals to complete our on line questionnaire.

Whilst everyone is welcome, we are particularly keen to meet people in those communities where we are proposing the biggest changes or are looking at a Fleet Service option and want to talk to them and you to explain how we plan to ensure that we maintain some access to transport opportunities in the future, if the proposals are introduced. To do this we have organised several “drop In” sessions where people can come and get information from us and share their thoughts and ideas.

Drop In Sessions

Location Venue Date Start Time Finish Time
Bolton Abbey Village Hall 26 May 10:30 12:30
Grassington Town Hall 26 May 14:00 16:00
Kettlewell Village Hall 26 May 17:00 19:00
Sheriff Hutton Village Hall 2 June 12.30 14.30
Malton Library 2 June 11.30 13.30
Boroughbridge Coronation Hall 3 June 09:30 12:30
Knaresborough Library 3 June 13:30 15:30
Green Hammerton Village Hall 3 June 16:00 17:45
Sherburn In Elmet Eversley Park Centre 15 June 10:00 13:00
Stutton Community Hall 15 June 16:30 18:30

A timetable of key dates is included in the consultation document and a final decision will not be made until February 2016 after careful consideration of the results of the consultation. If the proposals are approved for implementation the changes will be effective from April 2016 onwards.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide any further information or advice

Yours sincerely

Catherine Price

Mrs Catherine Price, Passenger Transport Integration Manager.

+ North Yorkshire County Council, Integrated Passenger Transport, 1 Racecourse Lane, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AH