Sunday, 22 October 2017

Schools may pay for buses

SCHOOLS could be asked to subsidise a bus service serving Benson.

SCHOOLS could be asked to subsidise a bus service serving Benson.

The 139 Thames Travel service from Wallingford to Henley will terminate on July 20 after Oxfordshire County Council cut its subsidy.

Mark Gray, Benson’s representative on the council, told a Benson Parish Council meeting that Luke Marion, the company’s finance and commercial director, had told him it was “perilously close” to being unable to keep the service running from July if there was no new model.

“They would like the schools to subsidise the service,” he said.

Parish council chairwoman Pat Peers said the company should have a meeting with all the parish councils in the area.



In February, the county council decided to cut  £3.7 million from its subsidised transport services budget, meaning means that all 118 subsidised routes in the county will lose their funding and bus companies have to decide whether they can afford to continue running the services.



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