Concessionary travel campaign for fair funding

Posted on by Stuart Wrigley

Norfolk County Council launches a petition on concessionary bus fare shortfall.

A campaign backed by councillors, businesses, local bus operators and MPs to persuade the Government to fairly fund the concessionary bus scheme in Norfolk has been launched by Norfolk County Council today , Monday 26 September.

Norfolk faces a £4.5 million shortfall in funding for the scheme and the gap is putting extreme pressure on maintaining rural bus services. The costs of providing the minimum scheme far outstrip resources allocated by the Government, and in light of the shortfall, Norfolk County Council leaders have decided to mount a campaign during the Autumn calling for ‘Fair Fares’ for Norfolk.

The Fairs Fare online petition can be accessed via either Norfolk County Council’s website www.norfolk.gov.uk or

www.gopetition.com/petitions/fair-funding-for-concessionary-fares.html

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has also secured a Westminster Hall debate on rural buses on Tuesday October 11 to help highlight the county’s plight.

PTC members might like to encourage their own MPs to contribute to this debate, to reinforce the position nationally.

At the annual meeting on 21 October, consortium members will also be able to press their views on this issue with representatives of DCLG and DfT in a question and answer session on the local government finance settlement and its implications for concessionary travel funding in 2012-13.

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