Delight as bus services saved

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle waiting for a bus
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle waiting for a bus

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle has welcomed the news that plans to withdraw bus subsidies have been scrapped.

Cabinet members met at County Hall on Thursday where it was confirmed the controversial plans would no longer be going ahead.

Subsidies would have been withdrawn from a number of services throughout the borough.

But now, instead of withdrawing the subsidies from all routes, Lancashire County Council will examine each route on its merit and ask bus companies to divert some of their profits to aid the routes at risk.

Mr Hoyle is delighted with the decision and feels Chorley can only benefit from the decision.

He said: “I’m pleased LCC have the reviewed the decision and I’m glad they have taken into account the people in the rural areas.

“I welcome the decision of LCC with open arms, I’ll continue to monitor the situation and see what happens with our buses.”

However, Alison Hansford, borough ward councillor for Wheelton and Withnell said: “I actually think it’s a political ploy by the Labour group.

“The consultation period hasn’t even ended yet they have found a way to save the money for the buses.

“It’s a positive thing for the residents in rural areas and I am calling on services to be increased. The rural areas should have the same amount of services as urban areas.”

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m pleased to say the removal of subsidies to all evening and weekend services will not go ahead, and I will be asking the companies that make significant profits to help offset the costs on routes.”