Owen calls for sense to prevail in Bus cuts row

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The Conservative-only cabinet will meet next Wednesday to discuss the proposal that would see a large reduction in the number of evening and weekend bus services available across the county.

But Owen, speaking at a full council meeting in Lewes, urged the council to reconsider their stance, insisting that the elderly sections of the population need to be protected.

“These bus cuts and cuts to dial-a-ride will hit our most vulnerable sections of society hardest.”

“The rural services in villages is where we have some of our highest pockets of elderly residents – their bus is their lifeline to the outside world and for many, it is their only option.”

And Labour’s Transport spokesperson, Councillor John Hodges, echoed her sentiment, claiming it ‘unacceptable’ to reduce bus services in the area.

Hodges’s motion on the subject found a majority of support from within the Lewes meeting, with 25 councillors voting against the proposed cut to subsidised buses.

This has put further pressure on the council with the final decision to be made at a county cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16th December.


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