Angry at the decision to cut the route from hourly to two-hourly, people are being asked to sign a petition calling on the Conservative county council to put some money into the route.
Trevor Hall, Labour’s trade union officer in Dursley, said: “If the Tories can afford to pay for an incinerator people don’t want, they can afford to pay for a bus service people need.
“Reducing this service will have a huge impact on people’s lives because so many rely on it to get to work or school in the morning and home at the end of the day, or to keep their hospital appointments.
“That the Tories are prepared to let this service slide shows just how out of touch they are. They don’t care about the rural economy – they assume everyone can afford to run a car.
“They would rather spend £500,000,000 on an ugly incinerator than invest £80,000 in helping people keep their jobs.”
Other concerns from Labour members are that local traders would miss out because the bus also brings people into Dursley, and that lone women passengers waiting for longer in remote locations would be more vulnerable. The service will also affect those who commute via train from Cam & Dursley station.
Trevor Hall said: “Labour will protect rural bus routes because we know how important they are for our communities. A Labour government would extend the powers of councils to re-regulate bus services to all areas that want them.”
You can sign the petition here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-dursley-s-62-bus-service