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FENLAND people communities have been asked for their views on planned cuts to bus services currently subsidised by taxpayers.

Transport bosses have written to district, city and parish councils to ask their views on planned reductions in some services in a bid to save over £650,000 next year. Councils have also been asked for “potential local solutions” that could help reduce the impact of services stopping.

Government do not provide the County Council with any funding to subsidise bus services that operators are unable to run on a commercial basis, and cuts in Government grants for the County Council means savings of £160 million must be made across the Council over the next five years.

Over 80% of bus services in Cambridgeshire run on a commercial basis and most of the planned reductions affect bus services that are used less frequently by passengers.

Changes in services will come into force from April 17 and people only have until 4pm Friday March 11 to have their say.

Only two services that cover Fenland are affected in the first swathe of changes.

One, Stagecoach’s 32 service will no longer operate from April 17 after the bus company notified the Traffici Commissioner to say it is not commercially viable irrespective of any decisions taken by the county council.

This route runs from Chatteris to Whittlesey via Wimblington, Doddington, Benwick and Ramsey.

The second is Stagecoach’s 33 service, which runs from March to Peterborough via Whittlesey and covers many areas in March as well.

This one is under threat due to the proposed cuts in subsidies.

Consultation only began last week giving residents a very short time to respond but the letter explains the time scale has been set so the county can give bus operators the maximum amount of notice .

To have your say email: bus.tenders@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, call: 0345-0450675 or write to: Cambs County Council, CC1301, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridges CB3 0AP.