Rural bus threat from subsidy axe

RURAL bus services are under threat, following the announcement by Northants County Council of a complete overhaul of the way it funds public transport.

The change would mark an end to subsidising unprofitable bus routes, as the county council tries to make up a £20 million budget shortfall.

In December the authority announced it would be carrying out a review of all bus services receiving subsidies from the authority, to help make £68 million worth of savings in the next financial year.

Now NCC is proposing to scrap all bus subsidies, saving a further £1.4 million.

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