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November 22 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel was routeONE magazine’s Editor until autumn 2018. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Staffs swings the axe

Staffordshire County Council is halving its bus subsidy budget to £1.3m, seeing the loss of 23 routes, and service cuts on another 40. Operators affected include Arriva, D&G, First, Midland Classic, Scraggs, Stantons and Taxico and carry 562,000 people a year. The remaining supported/tender routes carry 814,000 people.

Funding will be withdrawn for 282,000 daytime journeys, 142,000 in the evenings and 76,000 on Sundays and Bank Holidays, as well as 62,000 dial-a-ride trips.

In total, they account for 4% of all bus journeys (including commercial services) across the county. Around 2,500 regular users will be affected.

It will see the end of all the rural ‘dial-a-ride’ services, such as the Moorlands Connect and Newcastle’s Border Car, which require subsidies of more than £10 per person.

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