Stagecoach in Oxfordshire has announced that it has saved a number of formerly subsidised services following Oxfordshire County Council (OCC)’s decision to withdraw all funding for non-commercial routes.
Some services continue as before, but others are absorbed by alterations to other routes.
“Following discussion with OCC and extensive consultation with stakeholders, passengers and local representatives, we are able to offer services on 10 routes,” says MD Martin Sutton.
“We regret, however, that we are unable to provide alternatives on other contracted routes where income from fare-paying passengers is too low to meet running costs.”
Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of OCC, says: “We would all prefer not to be making any cuts at all but OCC has been working closely with Stagecoach to progress measures to minimise the impact on local communities.
“We welcome the news that Stagecoach has decided to continue running a number of services commercially, without a subsidy. I’d encourage people to use those routes regularly. It’s clear that the best way to keep a bus service is to use it – ‘use it or lose it’.”