Public transport provision in Powys will be changing from November 2015. Why? Austerity measures have put a significant squeeze on public sector spending across the country. As a result, Powys’s budget from the Welsh Government for 2015/16 is around 4% less which means we need to reduce our annual spending by more than £11m to balance the books.
This consultation closed on Monday 29th June 2015
We have two options for you to consider. Both will mean a reduction in the number of bus services operating in Powys. Both options will allow us to make the necessary savings for this financial year.
Read about Option 1 and vote
Read about Option 2 and vote
Read the options then follow the link on either option page to take part in the survey and have your say.
Have your say at drop in sessions:
- Wednesday 10 June – Llanfair Caereinion, The Institute 10-2pm
- Friday 12 June – Presteigne
Memorial Hall 10-4pm
- Monday 15 June – Ystradgynlais
Miner’s Welfare Hall 11-5pm
- Wednesday 17 June – Llanfyllin
Arts Connection Centre/Llanfyllin Youth Centre 12.30-4.30pm
- Monday 22 June – Newtown
Newtown bus station, TIC 2-4pm
- Wednesday 24 June – Brecon
Brecon bus station 10-2pm
- Friday 26 June – Llandrindod Wells
County Hall 10-4pm
To achieve these savings the Cabinet approved a savings programme in early 2015 which included amongst other things, the need to reduce the cost of running public transport in Powys by approx £1/2m.
10 key facts you need to know about public transport in Powys
- The Council currently supports 27 bus contracts in the county.
- Only two bus routes -the Monday – Saturday service from Brecon to Hereford and the Tuesday/Thursday summer bus service between Knighton to Newtown run on a commercial basis. By this we mean that they receive no subsidy from Powys Council to operate although the Council may make a small contribution (less than 1% of our spend for contracted services) to support certain aspects of it.
- The rest - 27 - are subsidised by Powys County Council.
- The subsidy ranges from 63 pence per passenger journey to £45 per passenger journey to keep these services operating.
- The T4 from Newtown to Cardiff forms the backbone of the transport network. It also receives a specific grant from Welsh Government of £157k per annum.
- The spend in 2014-15 for public transport was around £2.35m. For 2015/16 we have a budget of £1.8m.
- Public transport is a “NON STATUTORY” service – i.e. discretionary – and the council doesn’t have to provide it.
- The bus routes travel a distance of over 2,665,300 kilometres per year.
- We currently transport around 1m passengers per year in, out, and around the county.
- We also transport 1300 school pupils per day on public bus routes. Any changes we make will not affect a pupil’s right to access statutory home to school transport where they are eligible. Alternative provision will be made for all pupils affected.
Powys also assists 19 community transport schemes across the county at a cost of approx.£160,000. We recognise the value of such schemes, in particular, for some of our more rural communities and are keen to develop this sector.
In the lead up to this consultation process we spoke to some key groups across the county including the Powys Youth Forum, the older people’s forum, the Brecon U3A, Powys People First and Disability Powys. We’d like to thank them for their invaluable insight and views around public and community transport. These have helped shape the options for consultation and our ongoing transport provision.