York & North Yorkshire

Proposed York bus cuts rolled back

Buses at York station Image copyright Google
Image caption The council only subsidises 20% of services in the city

Planned cuts to bus subsidies have been rolled back by councillors in York to retain support for key services.

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat authority had agreed to cut £350,000 from the 2017/18 budget in February.

Cuts would have principally affected evening and weekend services and would have also seen support end for an orbital route which circles the city.

A public consultation attracted more than 1,000 comments, the majority urging the council to reconsider.

Councillors opted to retain key subsidies supporting evening services and retaining the most well-used part of the orbital bus route.

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Councillor Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for transport said: "Finances are tight but we feel these changes represent a good overall package for residents."

The decision means the authority will spend more than £800,000 on subsiding services in 2017/18 and officers warned savings will have to be found elsewhere.

Currently 80% of the city's bus services are operated on a commercial basis without subsidy.

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