Harrogate bus users to have their say

Harrogate bus station. GS1405082a.
Harrogate bus station. GS1405082a.

In the face of having to reduce public spending by £92m by 2015, North Yorkshire County Council is urging Harrogate bus users to have their say on how savings can be made.

The authority hopes to reduce its current £4.4m annual spend on bus subsidies which are not commercially viable across the county by 25 per cent while maintaining basic services to communities.

NYCC has now launched a public consultation, designed to explain the need for a reduction.

NYCC Coun Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Passenger Transport said: “We know that bus services are a lifeline for many people.

“However, we have huge financial pressures and we have to reduce our expenditure across the board.

“We have produced some detailed information which identifies the potential impact of this proposal, and hope that people will make constructive comments as part of the consultation process.

“We will take careful account of all the comments we receive before making a final decision as to what action we will take.”

The consultation runs until November 25. Details are available from the NYCC website, by calling 08458727374, or by visiting any NYCC library.