WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
More Buses To Run
transport is to be improved in rural Warwickshire after the government
gave a £325,000 grant to keep buses running in the countryside.
annual subsidy to fund commercially unviable services is to be
increased by £160,000 from its current figure of £600,000 a year.
to allow bus routes to keep running is also likely to be increased in
and Transport minister Bob Ainsworth, who is MP for Coventry North
East, also announced cash for the county to buy two minibuses for
community groups to hire.
Stokes, Warwickshire County Council's Passenger Transport Manager,
said he is delighted at the news:
rural bus routes are simply not commercially viable. However, Rural
Bus Subsidy has given us the opportunity to fund new bus routes and
enhance existing services to provide levels of provision that rural
communities require to give access to the facilities they need
without having to rely on the private car."
communities in Warwickshire with a population of at least 50 will
now have at least a weekly bus service, thanks to the Rural Bus
additional funding will enable us to further improve the frequency
and quality of services that are available."
new minibuses will be available to groups based within Stratford
District, with one based in the east of the district to help Southam
and surrounding villages, and the other in the west. Priority will be
given to groups with members who are mobility impaired.
Transport Partnership Officer, Louise Ferro said:
carried out last year showed that there was a real need for a
community facility such as this, and we are delighted that we have
been able to secure the funding needed to take this project forward
so quickly. We are hoping that the scheme will be up and running
within three months."
Ainsworth said councils who had spent their money well were being
given more funds to help isolated communities.
said he hoped that innovations being made in the region would spread:
of the most exciting things is a real-time information system in
currently available in urban areas, but if it can work in the
countryside it will lift the bus from the perception of being a
second-class for of transport.
hope that this works and we can see it in other rural areas such as