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Bus subsidies in East Lancashire cost up to £11.84 per person
12:40pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
LANCASHIRE County Council has defended subsidising rural bus routes run by private firms with more than £7m a year in public cash.
The 5B service between Clitheroe and Chipping, via Longridge, costs £11,245 a year, £11.84 for each of its 950 passengers. The Bowland Transit service between Clitheroe, Slaidburn and Settle, serving 22,000 passengers a year, attracts a subsidy of £255,000 annually, £11.59 for every tripper.
Pendle town services get £584,000 a year for daily services serving 480,000 passengers annually, while the Hyndburn circular between Blackburn, Great Harwood, and Accrington gets £12,000 a year for evening only services.
County council transport chief John Fillis said: “The majority of bus services across Lancashire are run on a commercial basis.
“But subsidies have been established on routes where there are concerns communities could become isolated.”
Bob Tufnell of Accrington’s M and M coaches, said: “Subsidies are vital.”
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