Tory management failures land residents with another bill

Lib Dems on Torbay council have hit out at the ruling Conservatives for their poor management of bus services in Torbay.

Over recent weeks the 60-61 bus service, that carries over 90,000 passengers a year, between Torquay and Paignton town centres via residential areas, will have to stop running on 18 May unless the Council can find £100,000 a year to subsidise the route.

Paignton councillor Adrian Sanders said “We want to see a continuation of this much needed service but we feel the council has got itself into this mess by not managing our bus services effectively and now council tax payers are going to have to find more that a million pounds over the next decade to keep just one service on the road."

Lib Dem transport spokesman cllr Ian Doggett commented: “This route serves areas where there are a high number of retired people who can no longer drive. It is a great pity that our Conservative Council only step in when matters come to a head rather than working with operators at a much earlier stage that would have resulted in smoother management of this situation.”

Cllr Christine Carter added: “The questions people across the bay will be asking are whether their bus service is secure, and where the cash strapped authority is going to find a £100,000 this year, next year and every year thereafter?”

Contact: Adrian Sanders 07712 633476 / 01803 555615

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