Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bus Cuts Loom as Pounds 5m Fight Goes to PM

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bus Cuts Loom as Pounds 5m Fight Goes to PM

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Bus cuts were under discussion today as last ditch efforts were made to persuade the Government to plug a pounds 5.6m gap in Tyne Wear's transport budget.

Some subsidised evening and Sunday services look certain to be axed as transport chiefs seek ways of funding the Government scheme to give pensioners free bus travel from April.

A decision on cuts will be made at next week's budget meeting of Tyne Wear Passenger Transport Authority.

School and care bus services for the housebound are likely to be saved but children's fares are expected to rise from 30p to 40p and the cut price teen travel scheme could be axed.

Next week Mike Parker, chief of Nexus which runs the Metro, is expected to confirm free travel for pensioners on the buses will also be extended to the Metro.

PTA chairman, Coun David Wood, said: "It's an option we have to look at otherwise people will desert the Metro for the buses and we'll have to pay the bus operators extra money. …

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