Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire bus service spending cut

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Image caption More than 130 bus routes in Gloucestershire have been reviewed

The amount Gloucestershire County Council spends on bus services is to be reduced from £5m to £3m each year.

As part of a review into subsidised services 132 routes were looked at and 95 contracts with bus companies re-negotiated.

Two routes are to be axed - the 612 between Bourton and Evesham, and the 666 from Newent to Ross-on-Wye.

The plan was agreed at a county council cabinet meeting at Shire Hall on Friday.

Gloucestershire County Council says it needs to save £114m from its budget over the next four years.

One of the changes will be to the P and Q routes which will run from Charlton Kings to Cheltenham town centre every 90 minutes on the existing route, between 09:00 and 15:00 Monday to Saturday.

Among other changes will be the 288 Wotton-under-Edge circular service, which will now run on a Tuesday and Friday instead of a Thursday.

Further savings will be made through changes to back office operations, and certain services will be run by community groups.

The council said a further 20 bus services are still under review.

Details of all the new services, which are due to begin in November, are available on the county council's website.

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