The group leaders of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council have called on Hertfordshire County Council to improve bus services in an open letter.

The letter, signed by Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Paul Zukowskyj, Labour group leader Cllr Lynn Chesterman, and Conservative group leader Cllr Tony Kingsbury, raises serious concerns about the borough's bus network not being prioritised for funding in HCC’s latest Bus Improvement Plan.

Cllr Zukowskyj believes residents have been "let down" by buses, and wants assurances over funding for these "crucial" services.

"Many of our residents rely on the local buses to get to work, school, medical or social appointments," he said.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: (L to R) Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Cllr Paul Zukowskyj and Cllr Lynn Chesterman.(L to R) Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Cllr Paul Zukowskyj and Cllr Lynn Chesterman. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)

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"They have been let down by both the reduction and unreliability in services.

"We are seeking a commitment from HCC that Welwyn Hatfield will benefit from future funding, particularly as the borough is sited in the core of Hertfordshire and is crucial to enhancing connectivity with towns and villages in the county."

A Bus Improvement Plan details how local transport authorities, working closely with bus operators and communities, will set out a vision to deliver changes to bus services.

Hertfordshire County Council has been contacted for comment.