Bus Service Travel News
This page contains information on bus service changes and
current road closures, as well as other important travel news
affecting bus services within Worcestershire.
Please note that roadworks information on this page only contain
details of roadworks which affect bus services. For a list of all
roadworks in Worcestershire, please visit our Roadworks in Worcestershire page.
Future subsidised bus services plan approved by Cabinet (June
Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet agreed plans at its
meeting on June 9 for the future of subsidised services in
Worcestershire. This followed one of the largest consultations in
the Council's history, which gathered around 8,500 responses from
residents and businesses.
Originally a full withdrawal of the £3million of taxpayers'
money used to subsidise bus services – usually the less popular or
less well-used services – was proposed. This is no longer the
The County Council needs to save around £20 to 25million per
annum over the next four years due to reduced levels of Central
Government funding and demographic pressures. The changes agreed
today will save the taxpayer £1.6million
Around 80 per cent of bus journeys (approx.12million) in
Worcestershire are made on commercial services, which are not part
of this review.
The changes agreed at Cabinet will not be put in place until
Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council Cabinet Member for
Highways, said: "We stressed just how important it was for
people to have their say during the consultation a few months ago.
The feedback we received has shaped today's decision on the future
plans, which have changed considerably compared to what was first
being considered. We have listened to what residents and businesses
have told us. Once again, I'd like to thank everyone that took the
time to get in touch and take part.
"The financial challenge the County Council is facing means we
have to make tough decisions to ensure every penny we spend across
all of our services is offering the best value for money. This is
one such issue.
"Back in February we took a considered approach as we knew
this important decision could not be rushed. Since then work on a
thorough service-by-service review and discussions with operators
has taken place. The vast majority of passengers will now still be
able to access public transport options, through both commercial
and subsidised services, whilst at the same time, realising savings
for the taxpayer."
Forthcoming Bus Service Changes
The following bus services will soon be changing. All timetables
will be uploaded to our bus
timetables page as soon as they become available (usually
3 weeks before they change).
Please download our bus service changes from the latest Bus
Travel News 02-10-2014 (PDF 230 KB).
Road closures affecting bus services
Details of forthcoming road closures are shown
in the pdfs below.
All available timetables can be accessed from our bus
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This page was last reviewed 15 October 2014 at 15:17.
The page is next due for review 12 April 2016.