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County Hall to decide ‘case by case reprieve' for Chorley buses
7:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014 in Chorley
SEVERAL Chorley bus services have been saved from the axe after Lancashire County Council decided not to go ahead with a blanket cut to bus subsidies.
The county council announced last Thursday it would review each service on a case-by-case basis.
Among the routes where evening and Sundays services were set to be scrapped were Chorley to Blackburn, Chorley to Wigan, and others through Astley Village, Euxton, Buckshaw Village, and Clayton-le-Woods The council is seeking to save £3.8m over two years which would see funding withdrawn for evening and Sunday services that currently receive council subsidies to allow them to operate.
At a county council cabinet meeting last week, councillors agreed to “reorganise” bus services after objections by people.
County council leader Jennifer Mein said: “Although we are dealing with an extremely difficult financial situation, the county council will still listen to residents' views. We will think creatively when we're looking for ways to reduce our spending.”
The county council has to make £300m of savings over four years.
The original budget proposals would have seen subsides withdrawn from 72 evening and Sunday services from May 18.
In Chorley a cross-party alliance was formed to oppose the cuts including MP Lindsay Hoyle and councillors.
Mr Hoyle said any reduction in services “could threaten vital economic growth”.
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