Bus users urged to have their say on changes to services

A consultation over bus services in the county has begun today

A consultation over bus services in the county has begun today - Credit: Archant

Bus users in the county are being asked for their views on changes to services after a public consultation was launched today by Essex County Council (ECC).

The council say many of its current bus services cost taxpayers more than £5 for every passenger carried, and the proposed changes aim to offer the best value for money on essential travel routes.

The consultation lists each service by district and gives information on the proposed changes and the reasons behind the decisions.

Residents can submit their feedback online or over the phone, and paper copies of the consultation are also available at libraries across the county.

The consultation is live from today (August 4) to Wednesday, September 28.

Councillor Eddie Johnson, ECC cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It is vital that we make bus routes work for everyone in Essex.

“We provide financial support for a number of routes and it is our responsibility to ensure that these deliver a reliable service as well as value for money.

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“Taxpayers are currently paying for a number of lesser-used routes that cost ECC more than £5 for each passenger they carry.

“This is not sustainable in the long run and that is why we are looking at a whole host of options to support the future of bus services across Essex.

“I would urge bus users to engage with us and share their views as part of this consultation.”

Questionnaires are available online here, from Essex County Council libraries, or by phoning: 03457 430 430.