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Post  peanutbutter on Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:08 pm

Workers, school children and families are facing cuts to local bus services as a result of funding cuts by Leicestershire County Council.

The cuts will mainly affect schools, evening and Sunday services and are due to take effect from the middle of July as part of £66 million of cuts approved by Leicestershire County Council over a 4 year period.

As a result, many evening and Sunday services will be reduced or withdrawn from mid July, however Arriva Midlands is planning to save a number of Sunday services by operating them without subsidy.

Suzanne Barratt, publicity and design manager for Arriva Midlands said, “We recognise that a lot of families and workers will be hit hard by these cuts, as these bus services offer a lifeline to many people in Leicestershire and the neighbouring counties. We are therefore going to do our best to minimise the hardship by continuing to run a number of Sunday services without support from the County Council.”

Full details of the services affected will be available from 1 July 2010 from Arriva’s customer comment helpline on 0844 800 44 11 or via Arriva’s website on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] A guide to the changes will also be available from 1 July from the Arriva Midlands Travel Shop in St. Margaret’s Bus Station, in libraries and council offices, and on board Arriva Midlands buses.
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Post  Daisy Dart on Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:29 am

Thanks very nice of Arriva.

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Post  Bristol LH on Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:50 am

That's the free muppets & OAP's mostly to blame! Its going to happen everywhere. Time to make them all pay FULL FARE

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Post  peanutbutter on Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:31 pm

Bristol LH wrote:That's the free muppets & OAP's mostly to blame! Its going to happen everywhere. Time to make them all pay FULL FARE

Lets make Kids pay full fare aswell then
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Post  WOLVERINE /// on Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:24 am

peanutbutter wrote:
Bristol LH wrote:That's the free muppets & OAP's mostly to blame! Its going to happen everywhere. Time to make them all pay FULL FARE

Lets make Kids pay full fare aswell then



I reckon they should
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Re: Sunday bus services rescued by Arriva Midlands

Post  peanutbutter on Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:22 pm

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NOTHING is on the council or Arriva website

who has been making money and not told the council
Jim, Leicester

More than half of the bus services across the county which are set to lose their council subsidies have been saved by their operators.

Some 42 evening, Sunday and school services will have their subsidies from Leicestershire County Council pulled next month in a bid to save the authority £700,000 a year.

But the council has now announced that 25 of the services will now continue – at least in part – on a commercial basis. A further three routes are still under discussion.

The Leicestershire branch of the Campaign for Better Transport has now called on private operators to try to salvage even more of the services. A spokesman said: "We believe that many more of these services could be commercially viable, and call on the operators and the county council to work together to maintain as many of them as possible in these challenging times for everyone."

In January, County Hall announced plans to cut subsidies to 25 evening and Sunday services as part of a bid to save about £66 million across all services over the next four years.

The council has to provide transport for children aged five to seven, living more than two miles from school, and children aged eight to 16, living more than three miles away.

But there are 17 services provided which are not required by law, known as school specials, which will have their subsidies cut.

A council spokesman said: "The council needs to make around £66 million of savings over the next four years and is faced with some very hard choices.

"This means that amongst other things, we've had to look at bus services and are withdrawing supported evening, Sunday and out-of-policy school services.

"The changes have been designed so they don't affect daytime, hourly, Monday-to-Saturday services which provide important links to work, training, education, health and shopping. We appreciate people's concerns and have worked closely with local bus services to limit the impact on residents and keep as many services running as possible.

"Changes will take place in mid to late July or at the end of the academic year."

David Shelley, commercial director of Centrebus, said: "Bus passengers in the county are going to be inconvenienced by it. It isn't something we are particularly happy about but we have to recognise that local authority funds are short."

Campaigns have sprung up across the county in a bid to stop the axe falling on specific school bus services, but these are unlikely to have any effect as the cuts form part of the council's budget plans.

Services which have been saved

* 2 Kinchbus: Leicester to Loughborough;
* Kinchbus 12: Loughborough town;
* 74 First Leicester: Leicester to Anstey (no service after 9pm);
* 158 Arriva: Leicester to Hinckley (Sunday);
* X7 Stagecoach:Northants to Leicester (Sunday);
* 44/50/104 Arriva: Leicester area Sunday services. No service to Huncote or Croft on Sunday;
* 6 Arriva: Leicester to Thurmaston (Sunday);
* 15 Arriva: Coalville to Ibstock (Sunday);
* 11 Arriva: Midlands, Coalville to Agar Nook (Sunday);
* 12 West End Travel: Loughborough Town (Sunday);
* 27S Arriva: Leicester to Ratby (Sunday);
* 9S Arriva Ashby to Burton (Sunday).

Services which have been axed
* 121 Centrebus: Sunday service: Leicester to Loughborough via Bradgate Park;
* 71A / 81A Arriva: Earl Shilton to Burbage; 15 Arriva: Coalville to Ibstock via Ellistown;
* 123 Arriva: Leicester to Loughborough via Swithland;
* 2A West End Travel: Melton Mowbray; 131 Arriva: Leicester to Market Harborough;
* 26 Paul James: Melton to Bottesford.

School services which have been axed
812 Bagnalls: To Donisthorpe Primary;
858 Ausden Clark:To Market Harborough, Welland Park CC, Robert Smyth Schools. Operators looking at incorporating into hourly network service 58;
804 West End Travel Melton Brownlow Primary;
831 Confidence: Oadby Manor High School;
835 Roberts: Stoke Golding St Martin’s Roman Catholic High School;
824 CharnwoodAnstey Martin; 848 Charnwood: South Wigston High School;
877 Rosswins: Melton The Grove, Asfordby Hill Primary;
874 Winson: Loughborough Burleigh, De Lisle and St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary;

School services saved in part
883 Roberts: Coalville Castle Rock, King Edward Schools (part commercial replacement); 837, 843 Roberts: Coalville Castle Rock High School, King Edward Schools, Whitwick Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary (part commercial replacement); 881 Rosswins: Melton John Fernley (part commercial replacement);
824B Centrebus: Anstey Martin (commercial replacement has been indicated);
838 Roberts: Markfield South Charnwood High School (commercial replacement negotiations ongoing); 842, 883 Roberts: Coalville Newbridge, Castle Rock, King Edward Schools (part commercial replacement).

No decision known
54 Centrebus: Leicester to Loughborough via Swithland;
X40 Stagecoach: Rugby to Leicester. lol!
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Post  Bristol LH on Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:25 pm

And about 90% of the so called saved services will be axed after about 6 months due to them being massive wastes of money!

What it fails to state is all of these services are on a probationary period, and if they do not cover their costs, they will be permanently axed.

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Post  peanutbutter on Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:35 pm

Bristol LH wrote:And about 90% of the so called saved services will be axed after about 6 months due to them being massive wastes of money!

What it fails to state is all of these services are on a probationary period, and if they do not cover their costs, they will be permanently axed.

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