Savings adopted for Kent County Council’s Supported Bus Service

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “As a council we are seeing a dramatic rise in the need for services across all areas of the authority and an increase in the cost of running them.

“We must make sure that we can produce a balanced budget and prioritise the services that we are obliged by law to provide to the people of Kent.

“This is why we have decided to proceed with the proposed savings from our Supported Bus budget, apart from the Kent Karrier which serves some of the most vulnerable passengers.

“While central Government has provisionally allocated £35.1 million to KCC for our Bus Service Improvement Plan, the Department for Transport (DfT) has been clear that this money cannot be used to support existing services.

“We know people value local buses and will be concerned about this decision so going forward KCC will use this DfT funding to improve bus services for the residents of Kent that cater for the needs of individual communities.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  • This statement follows a discussion at KCC’s Environment and Transports Cabinet Committee on 6th July 2022. The documents can be viewed at this link: https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/s112606/Decision%20Report.pdf
Savings adopted for Kent County Council’s Supported Bus Service was last modified: July 6th, 2022 by Ellis Stephenson