Hertfordshire bus routes could be axed, but County Hall refuses to say which ones
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 February 2014
County Hall belt-tightening could see bus routes axed, Hertfordshire’s highways chief admitted last week.
Councillor Terry Douris, executive member for highways and waste management at Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) conceded bus routes could become the victim of the authority’s latest economy drive.
But he refused to be drawn on which services could go or whether there was a list of routes earmarked for the chop.
Asked about the plan, which was revealed when ruling Tories voted through a package of savings totalling £200,000, at the last highways and waste panel meeting, Cllr Douris said: “Yes, we do have to make savings.
“The detailed amount of savings is still up for discussion.
“None of the savings we’re making are written in stone.”
But he admitted: “I’m not saying the bus services are going to be exempt from this.”
Asked if the council had a dossier of services it was eyeing for deletion, he said: “I’m not going to be drawn into whether there is a list and what might be on the list because that will be prejudicing what we’re looking to do.”
And the councillor insisted his refusal to reveal details was “no subterfuge”.
Liberal Democrat group leader and highways spokesperson, Stephen Giles-Medhurst, branded the apparent lack of transparency “a disgrace” and an “insult to residents and councillors alike”.
He added: “Conservatives will not be honest with us and tell us which services will go or be reduced.
“I had expected them to live up to their promise not to cut this area further, after all there is a core council policy of trying it get more people out of their cars on to public transport and this will do the opposite.”
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