Labour Worcestershire County Councillor Peter McDonald made the following statement on the proposed cuts by local bus operator, First:
“Labour councillors will be calling upon Bromsgrove Council at its meeting next week to write to ‘First Worcestershire’ to reverse the latest cuts to the 144.
The cuts are devastating to the well-being off Bromsgrove residents. The cuts threaten the livelihoods of many local residents who will struggle to get to work on time as well as children trying to get to school and people just going about their daily business.
At a time of climate change buses play a pivotal role by moving people more efficiently, public transport produces significantly less air pollution per passenger mile than a standard car carrying a single driver. Buses emit 20% less carbon monoxide, 10% as much hydrocarbons and 75% as much nitrogen oxides per passenger mile than a car with a single occupant.
For those who don’t, or can’t, drive, public transportation allows them to get to work, to school, to the shops or doctor’s, or just to visit friends, without having to engage a friend or relative to do the driving.
I am hopeful the motion will meet with cross-party support as it is all about the livelihoods and well-being of the residents of Bromsgrove.”