Rural bus services feel the pinch

METRO has lost £400,000 of Department of Transport funding this year which should have supported rural bus services, according Metro chairman James Lewis.

Responding to a House of Commons Select Committee report, he said Metro had successfully introduced innovative MetroLocal services in Kirklees and they would soon be extended to Calderdale.

“We are developing our liaison with community transport organisations to ensure that people in rural areas still have access to jobs, health centres and leisure and shopping centres.

“Metro has lost over £400,000 of Department for Transport funding which had been specifically allocated to rural bus services, which is a huge cut to these vital services.

“I fully agree with the committee when it says that the Government cannot ‘wash its hands’ in the face of these challenges.”

Councillor Lewis said if the Government truly wanted to see economic growth in the UK, then it needed to invest in the services that help people get to work, not cut back funding and hope communities can muddle through.