97% of buses axed for local villagers

October 19, 2015 12:00 AM
By Cllr Malcolm Cowan

Villagers in Tewin, Burnham Green and surrounding areas are suffering some of the worst cuts in service, following the Conservative decision to slash bus support in Hertfordshire.

LibDem county and borough councillor Malcolm Cowan has revealed that what was 6 services a day, 6 days a week from WGC to Hertford and back has become one a day, 3 days a week to WGC and 3 days to Hertford - 35 services a week to each town becomes 3.

'All sorts of journeys - to work, to hospital, to shops, are now impossible thanks to these cuts. And in Hertfordshire County Council's Year of Walking, a bus out to these villages for a walk is impossible for those of us who live in the towns. Some villagers will have become isolated, others will take to our already overcrowded roads.'

'When the cuts were being discussed, Tory councillors rushed to tell us that the bus operators would run the services without subsidy - well, they haven't, the services have been decimated. An apology would be nice, but I suspect we will have to wait even longer than for a bus for that to happen' he concluded.