Bus cuts could leave Tring commuters stranded or forced to get back in the car

Bus cuts
Bus cuts

Commuters could be left stranded or forced to get back in their cars under proposed bus cuts that could see a Tring route scrapped in the evenings.

The 387 service, which runs between Tring, Wigginton and Aldbury via Tring Station, is one of the most heavily subsidised routes in the county.

It is one of the routes that is in the firing line under Herts County Council’s proposed cuts to subsidised services in a bid to save up to £887,000 each year.

An ongoing consultation is asking the public’s views on the financial support it provides to the 119 bus routes in Herts, which are given a helping hand because they are not commercially viable due to limited demand.

It costs the council £3.8m every year, and to reduce costs, County Hall is proposing to withdraw all funding to services that run after 6.30pm daily and any that operate on a Sunday.

The 387 is operated by Red Rose Travel with the help of cash from the county council.

County and borough Councillor Nick Hollinghurst said: “For people getting back from work, 6.30pm is a bit early. You really need to run it to at least 7.30pm.

“It is essential that we protect the service and I don’t just want to protect it, I want it extended.”

He said he would like the service extended to nearby Pitstone under a partnership with Bucks County Council and would like more incentives for bus companies to increase its passenger numbers.

“Cutting it off at 6.30pm is going to mean it is difficult for people to get back from work,” said Mr Hollinghurst.

“We have got a lot of traffic on the roads so it is in our interests to make it easier for people to get about without the car.

“I think there is a lack of ambition when Hertfordshire looks at public transport.”

The consultation runs until midnight on October 8. To have your say click here

Results will be presented to the highways and waste management panel in November this year and the council’s cabinet will then decide what changes should be made.

If the cuts are given the go ahead they will be implemented from April 2015.

Are you affected by the proposals? Get in touch by emailing thegazette@jpress.co.uk or call 01296 619779.