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Rural Transport Roadshow

Wednesday 14th April

Bedford Borough Council has announced a timetable for the Rural Transport Roadshow, starting later this month.

Council officers will visit 47 locations in three weeks – starting in Wilstead, Elstow, Shortstown and Cotton End on April 19th.

The Council currently spends around £900,000 per year on supported bus services. This includes subsidising some less popular routes but does not include other assistance, such as concessionary fares.

The Council is carrying out a review to ensure money is spent in the most cost effective way possible to deliver transport services which meet the needs of our rural villages.

The Rural Transport Roadshow is a key part of this process.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “Bedford Borough Council subsidises buses in our rural areas with tax payers' money and we are committed to continuing this investment.

"However, the low levels of use mean some routes are subsidised by over £5 for each journey, and it is clear that many people do not believe that we are operating bus services most efficiently."

“People who pay taxes have a right to say how their money is spent. These roadshows are an opportunity for us to listen to them and respond by providing a service which people really value.

“I urge everyone who has an interest in the provision of rural transport to come to our Roadshow or complete the online questionnaire.”

The deadline for responses is 31st May 2010.

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