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Don't you dare axe our buses
A TOTAL of 269 subsidised bus services are under threat.
Essex County Council pays £7.9million to keep the services going, including more than 100 in Colchester, Tendring and Braintree.
It has launched a 12-week consultation into the subsidy, with changes due to come into force from September next year.
Gerard Oxford, borough councillor for Colchester’s Highwoods ward, said seven routes in his constituency would be affected including between running between the town centre and the hospital.
“This is a reduction in services for Highwoods, which I would condemn if that ends up being the situation.
“We have many people who are reliant on their bus passes as their only means of getting out and about."
Terry Marshall, of Magnolia Fields, Greenstead, who earlier this year launched campaign group Speak Now to Save Colchester, said residents would be badly affected if the Greenstead to Ambrose Avenue service was axed.
“There is a hell of a lot of people that over here that have families over that side of the town do daily journeys and what’s going to happen to them?
“And what’s going to happen to people that just want to go into town?
“This is ridiculous.”
Rodney Bass, county councilor responsible for highways, said the views of consultees would be carefully reviewed and considered.
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