Lancashire County Council has started to consult with local people on their proposals to reduce the budget which supports community transport services. The council’s cabinet agreed in January 2018 to reduce the community transport budget to contribute to savings needed to meet a forecasted funding gap of £144m in 2021/22.
Community transport in Lancashire is provided for people who are not able to use mainstream public transport and includes Dial-a-Ride, group transport, and community car schemes. The budget helps to support services run by a number of operators as well as Dial-a-Ride services operated by the county council’s Travelcare team.
The council is proposing to save £175,000 over two years from the community transport budget by reducing the funding by a third. The council may have to look at loss, reduction and/or changes to these services including fare increases.
The consultation is running until Sunday 10 June 2018. You can respond to the consultation online or complete a paper copy which will be available from any of the community transport drivers. Alternatively you can download a form by clicking here