THE axing of discount bus cuts will leave Hunmanby’s elderly population in a desperate state, one anxious councillor has warned.
Cllr Nick Harvey said the Government’s plans to scrap half-price discounts for disabled users and passengers over 60 from November, will leave residents stranded and cut off from society.
He said the move would hit users of National Express services hard and said he feared the worst as 61 per cent of the company’s passengers from Filey and Hunmanby and 24 per cent from Primrose Valley currently use concessionary passes.
He said: “Looking at these figures it comes as no surprise that we have such high levels of vulnerable people using National Express coaches in this area.
“Coach travel has been the most economical way of travelling around the country with disabled and elderly residents, often isolated from family and friends, attracted to the National Express service because they give direct links to Driffield, Fridaythorpe, Stamford Bridge, York and Hull every day.
“The Government have been allowing rail fares to go up by more than the rate of inflation for years, and time and time again the poorest and vulnerable are being hit hardest.
“We should be promoting and supporting public transport in times of economic problems where people on limited budgets.
“I speak to older and disabled residents and I find that increasingly they are turning to public transport, especially for long distance journeys, because, as they become older or medical conditions worsen, mile after mile of motorway driving becomes to stressful.”