Warwickshire County Council steps in to fund at risk bus services

Following changes and reductions announced by Stagecoach over the last few months, Warwickshire County Council is taking over the funding of non-statutory bus services in Warwick, Nuneaton and Rugby.

Stagecoach announced in October they would be closing some of their commercially-operated, non-subsidised bus services due to falling passenger numbers and economic unviability.

In order to maintain the public transport links in affected communities, WCC has designed and tendered replacement services, which will be in place from 5 January 2019. Some of the funding for these previously non-subsidised services has been generated by Section 106 agreements from housing developments across the county.

The replacement services mirror the current level of usage and will retain journeys to places of work and study at key times.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, said: “I am really pleased we have been able to secure the funding for and redesign these important services to make sure our communities are not left without the public transport links that many depend on.

“Thanks to the hard work of the officers involved in overseeing the tendering process, our residents will be able to start using our new bus service as soon as Stagecoach withdraws in early January.”

Full details of these closures for each geographical area can be found on https://warwickshire.gov.uk/buses under Permanent Changes.