CUTBACKS to the county’s bus service are ‘unavoidable’.
This is the warning from Lincolnshire County Council as it prepares to save up to £1.5 million from the existing £5 million budget.
This cut, however, may be reduced to £1 million under proposals going before full council this week.
Chris Briggs, head of transportation, said: “While cutbacks are sadly unavoidable, LCC know how important bus services are to our residents, especially in rural areas. Consequently, we’re working very hard to retain as many as we can and striving to ensure they affect as few people as possible.”
The budget will be looked at by the full council on Friday.
It comes as a national campaign to protect bus services is launched by sustainable transport group Campaign for Better Transport.
Mr Briggs said the main cuts would be focused on services which are not well-used or those running at off-peak times.
“We might also need to reduce the frequency of some,” he said. “However, we’ll try to protect buses on commuter routes where there is direct economic impact. We also run a nationally-recognised, on-demand service named CallConnect which operates six days a week and we hope affected residents will be able to make use of this as an alternative.”
Mr Briggs added: “Some cuts are inevitable though, so we’ve already had to pre-warn some bus companies.”
The council held off from indicating which routes are at risk, saying it would have a clearer idea after the budget had been set and proposals had gone to scrutiny on February 21.