The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact in all areas of life, including changing working and travel patterns. Buses have remained stable throughout as the result of targeted Government funding. However, over the coming months there will be changes to this targeted funding, impacting commercial and supported services alike, requiring local councils to act.
Levels of usage are still much lower than before the pandemic, therefore the bus network has had to be reviewed to reflect changing habits of travellers and the additional cost pressures on operators.
To prevent significant cuts to services, the Council has been working with bus companies to seek solutions that maintain a network which is suited to the current needs while working through a longer term solution. Changes for impacted services come into effect on Sunday 30 October 2022 as outlined in the following pages.