Dial-A-Ride services could be cut in Cheshire East
Cheshire East have begun to discuss the future of the areas dial-a-ride service following budget discussions.
The budget will be discussed in full this week at the council’s budget meeting.
The Medium Term Financial Strategy includes a saving of £175,000 from the community transport budget in 2019-20 and a further £25,000 saving in 2020-21. The total £200,000 cut includes the cost of the Little Bus service, as well as staff and overhead efficiencies.
Cllr Rod Fletcher, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “After last year’s cuts to bus routes there could be increased demand for Little Bus services.”
At the last full council meeting in December, Cllr Don Stockton, cabinet member for environment, confirmed that no further budget changes would be expected for community transport following the £200,000 cut.
He added: “The bus service review consultation undertaken last year has provided valuable feedback from users of the Little Bus service, and the council will use the consultation results to inform any changes to this service.”