North Yorkshire bus cuts to go ahead

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Cuts to bus subsidies in North Yorkshire worth nearly £2m are to go ahead after calls for a second review were overturned.

The decision to press ahead with the subsidy cuts was initially made by North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) executive committee last month.

It was put forward for review after a ‘call-in’ from six opposition members but, after a meeting on February 7, the council’s Transport Scrutiny Committee voted that no further action be taken.

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has now raised the issue in the House of Commons. Speaking during an Adjournment Debate, he expressed concerns about the level of community engagement with the NYCC consultation. He also raised the ongoing discussions about the future of school transport for Upper Wharfedale School and Nidderdale High School.

“NYCC could have consulted much more with communities,” said Mr Smith, adding that rural schools often rely on children travelling.

“Public subsidy is needed for those parents and children, yet the council is ripping those services and that subsidy away, causing big trouble for those highly rural schools,” he said.

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