The City of York Council has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to its bus services, with residents given until January 17 to comment. The proposed changes include decreasing the frequency of several bus services, with the council stating that the aim is to create a more stable and efficient bus network that reflects post-COVID-19 passenger demand. These changes are also intended to make services more affordable and reliable. The council’s proposals are expected to deliver around £200,000 in savings by 2024-2025, which will help offset rising operating costs for bus services. However, the council has also warned that if the government does not provide longer-term funding support or if bus usage does not increase, further services may be impacted in the future. The council is accepting comments on its website and at local libraries, and drop-in sessions are also being held. After the public consultation, the feedback will be taken to an Executive meeting in late January, with some changes expected to be implemented at the end of April 2024 and others later in the year. The council is also working closely with bus operators and others to improve bus use and reduce traffic congestion through its Enhanced Bus Partnership.
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