Lancashire community transport service scrapped

A dial-a-ride service which offered free transport for vulnerable people in Lancashire has been scrapped as a result of government spending cuts.

A new mileage-based fare system will be introduced in its place with charges ranging from £2 to £10.

Lancashire County Council said the savings left its fund for concessionary travel with a £5.7m shortfall.

It said it had found £5m from reserves but said it had not been able to find enough for community transport.

County councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Community transport is highly valued by people who don't have the mobility to use conventional public transport or who live in an area where there is limited or no public transport available.

"We've worked very closely with operators to come up with a business model which gives them a realistic chance of becoming sustainable while keeping the burden on passengers to a minimum."

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