Bus passengers across rural North Yorkshire have been thrown a glimmer of hope after it was revealed that the decision to slash £2 million from spending on bus subsidies will be reviewed.
Members of North Yorkshire County Council’s executive made the decision to axe or reduce 150 services at its meeting on Tuesday last week.
The move would save the authority £2 million from the £4.4 million it annually spends on bus subsidies.
But several councillors have today joined forces to “call in” the decision, meaning it will now be put under the microscope by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Following its review, the committee will send their recommendation back to the council’s executive.
Last week’s decision to cut the bus subsidies was met with disappointment by campaigners, many of whom believe North Yorkshire faces losing vital transport lifelines.
Age UK director, Caroline Abrahams said: “Many older people rely on their bus passes for everyday trips to the shops, to get to GP and hospital appointments or to visit friends.”
The county council is reviewing all areas of spending as it tries to find savings of more than £70m in the next four years.
Its members have agreed to lobby Government over concessionary fare issues, investigate alternative funding for services and to conduct a review of local bus services to establish how they could be put on a more sustainable footing.