Trevor Hall has written to Dursley’s Conservative county councillor asking her to release funding to reinstate the town’s hourly bus service to Gloucester.
Stagecoach has cut the service from running every hour to running every two hours, but the council has not stepped in and subsidised it, like it has with other services, despite receiving almost £500,000 from the government to support rural transport.
In the letter, Trevor says: “Since the Tories came to power in 2010, funding for buses has been cut by 45% – and by more than £20m in the last year. Cuts to buses adversely affect young people and those on low incomes, who can’t afford a car or train tickets.
“I’ve heard so many heart-breaking stories from people in living in Dursley who can’t now get to college, to work or to hospital appointments. Gloucestershire County Council received almost £500,000 of government funding to support rural transport. Where has that money gone?
“I am asking the council to spend some of that money – £80,000 is all it needs – to restore the 62 bus to an hourly service, and restore normality to many people in Dursley who rely on that bus every day.”