Rural bus users threatened with losing their Connection

A RURAL ‘dial-a-ride’ bus service in the Staffordshire Moorlands is under threat of being axed because of cuts to local authority subsidies.

Staffordshire County Council is slashing its bus subsidy pot to £1.3 million in 2018, which could mean the end of the road for the district’s Moorlands Connect service.

The service currently serves remote villages including Alton, Oakamoor, Flash and Longnor, providing a lifeline for people without their own form of transport.

Cheadle county councillor Mark deaville, cabinet member for transport, said: “We have to balance how much taxpayers’ money we can afford to spend on subsidising travel against the need to protect the funding of statutory services such as adult social care.”

A public consultation on the issue is due to start on July 24 and will last for eight weeks.

People will be able to have their say on the county council website, or find out more at their local library.

Cabinet members will assess the findings of the consultation and announce their decision in the autumn.