People who rely on public transport have hit out at plans to reduce bus services in the district as part of County Hall cuts to save £700,000.
Leicestershire County Council’s Conservative-run cabinet will consider changing its bus coverage policy at a meeting tomorrow (Friday).
It will discuss bringing in “flexible travel options” including the use of “demand responsive transport” and changes to bus frequency on ten subsidised bus services.
The three routes under threat in the Harborough district are the 44 service which runs from Kibworth and Fleckney to Harborough, the 661 from Lutterworth to Gilmorton and the Rural Rider which takes bus users in east Leicestershire villages to Melton, Oakham, Harborough and Leicester.
Passengers have reacted angrily to the proposal.
Posting on the Mail’s Facebook page, Gill Read said: “If they take our bus away, I’d only be able to go out by taxi or with a friend while my husband is at work.”
Richard Bransby said on Twitter: “House building going up exponentially and yet reduction in bus services. Doesn’t stack up does it?”
The proposals up for consideration would see the 44, which runs hourly between Foxton, Fleckney and Harborough, being cut to once every two hours but maintaining an hourly service during peak times of 7.03am to 9.57am and 4.16pm to 6.32pm.
The 661, which is a taxi bus service, operates Mondays to Saturdays and offers two off-peak return journeys.
Its future is under review and consultants have been commissioned in Gilmorton to look at community-based solutions in the village.
The Rural Rider covers various routes on different days and the council is looking at introducing off-peak “demand responsive transport” which in other areas has meant people only being able to book the bus on a limited number of days a week depending on the number of people who might use it. It has been running in Welford for about 18 months.