Cambridgeshire County Council may redirect bus cash

Transport subsidies in Cambridgeshire may be redirected to support community schemes run by new businesses.

County council chiefs are to consider using about £34m spent on transport to support a micro-franchise scheme.

The aim is a pilot scheme through which small businesses can be set up with the support of the council to boost local enterprise and transport.

It is also being suggested that plans to cut subsidised bus services over the next four years should be reviewed.

If given the go-ahead by cabinet next month this would mean no further bus subsidy cuts until a review is carried out and not before the adoption of the 2012/13 integrated plan, the county council said.

Enterprise boost

The cabinet will be asked at their meeting on 5 July to back plans for a Transport for Cambridgeshire partnership.

Ian Bates, member for growth and planning, said: "This is an exciting and bold project which could see the tens of millions of pounds put in the hands of our communities to provide locally targeted transport.

"Not only does it give the decisions about how to provide local transport to local people but, through the micro-franchise scheme, could see local enterprise being given a real boost.

"This franchise model gives people the chance to set up their own business while looking for even more opportunities in the community they serve to meet transport needs."

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