The Cabinet considered a report of the Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth which sought agreement to provide short-term support to bus services by redirecting funding from the Concessionary Fares budget (for copy of report see file of minutes).
Councillor Scott’s response to the question from Councillor Denali included providing information on the budget position, the work undertaken with bus operators and the community involvement in the programme.
Councillor Scott in moving the recommendations in the report advised of the problems that have affected bus services during the pandemic and of the strain this had on the sector, however by partnership work with the bus operators they were able to maintain a viable network. Bus services are a lifeline to many residents in county Durham and the proposals would support bus companies to keeping running services where there is currently little certainty of future funding.
Councillor Wilkes welcomed the proposal and in doing so urged government to ensure there was support for the comprehensive service that was needed in this county. He referenced the councils own bus service and how it operates. He welcomed the proposals in the report.