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Views sought on proposed changes to Maldon bus service

4 November 2016

Bus users are being urged to share their views on proposed changes to bus services in Maldon.
 
A public consultation on a number of routes taxpayers fund in the area is due to open on Friday, 4 November and close on Tuesday, 3 January.
 
Some of the services currently cost taxpayers more than £5 for every passenger carried, which is the maximum level of support Essex County Council will normally approve.
 
The proposed changes aim to support the future running of essential travel routes while offering the best value for money for the taxpayer.
 
The Council is keen to get bus users to give up just a couple of minutes of their day to feedback on a number of bus services in the Maldon area.
 
The consultation lists each service, its current timetable and the proposed change to the service.
 
Residents can submit their feedback online, in libraries or over the phone up until Tuesday, 3 January.
 
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This consultation is a great opportunity for people to share their views to help create a cost-effective service that supports their needs.
 
“We provide financial support for a number of routes and it is our responsibility to ensure that these deliver a reliable service as well as value for money.
 
“Taxpayers are currently paying for a number of lesser-used routes that cost more than £5 for each passenger they carry.
 
“This is not sustainable in the long term and that is why we are looking at a whole host of options to support the future of bus services across Maldon and the local area.
 
“I would urge everyone to engage with us and share their views as part of this consultation.”
 
Questionnaires are available:

  • online https://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/BusConsultation
  • from libraries in Braintree, Burnham-on-Crouch, Chelmsford, Colchester, Danbury, Great Baddow, Kelvedon, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Southminster, Stanway, Tiptree and Witham
  • by phoning: 03457 430 430