New consultation on bus cuts set to be launched in the new year

County Hall, Hertford

County Hall, Hertford - Credit: Archant

A new consultation into bus cuts is set to be launched after a backlash of opposition to plans to slash services.

Herts County Council’s highways panel met this week to discuss responses to initial plans to axe funding to subsidised services after 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday and entirely on Sunday.

Now a fresh consultation that proposes less severe money-saving measures is expected to be launched in the new year.

The revised cuts are to withdraw funding from subsidised services after 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday, instead of 6.30pm, to stop funding to subsidised services that operate on Sundays except routes that directly serve hospitals up to 7.30pm and to limit the amount of subsidy per passenger journey across all subsidised services.

The recommendation to launch a new consultation will now go to Cabinet on December 15 and if approved it will be launched in January.

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