YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar

Cuts in funding for bus services will make it harder for people all over Wales to go about their daily lives and will lead to job losses.

It is clear that those hit hardest will be the most vulnerable in our society including the elderly and the disabled.

Cuts in services will make connections with other services more difficult affecting accessibility in towns and cities without direct services.

The impact will particularly fall on rural areas and will reduce access to employment for people who do not have their own transport and who are looking for work.

I am particularly concerned about the effect cuts in bus services may have on the disabled.

Funding for the free bus scheme is to be cut by nearly twenty five million pounds (£25m) over the next three years.

This represents a huge threat to the policy of giving unlimited free bus travel to all disabled people which has been in operation since 2002.

Although no bus operator can refuse to carry a pass holder for free this reduction in payments threatens the profitability of many Welsh bus companies.

Many routes could be put at risk thereby increasing the isolation of disabled people and placing a major obstacle in their wish for independent living.

Disabled people already travel a third less on average than other people.

Nearly two thirds of households containing a disabled person do not have access to a private car.

Forty one per cent (41%) of disabled people in England and Wales say they experience difficulty with travelling.

A large proportion of these mention difficulty in travelling to and from the doctor or hospital, visiting friends or relatives or even travelling to and from their place of work.

Many disabled people are forced to use taxis for easier access.

The proportion of older people making up the population of Wales is increasing.

And the number of people with disabilities is also growing.

Improving bus services not only makes good economic sense by improving accessibility to goods and services.

It makes good sense socially by allowing vulnerable people to live fuller and more satisfying lives.

Local bus services are important to Welsh communities, particularly those in rural areas.

I believe services could be protected if transport funding was spent more effectively than it is at present.

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7:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

i know mohanmmed lets get rid of that stupid costly welsh assembly government and we can have loads of buseses
i know mohanmmed lets get rid of that stupid costly welsh assembly government and we can have loads of buseses scraptheWAG
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7:33pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Julesblaina1 says...

Why don't they scrap the £2.4 million funicular railway in ebbw vale and plough the money into the local bus routes. The vast majority of ebbw vale people would not need to get access to the college or the school where the hill climb railway is planned
Why don't they scrap the £2.4 million funicular railway in ebbw vale and plough the money into the local bus routes. The vast majority of ebbw vale people would not need to get access to the college or the school where the hill climb railway is planned Julesblaina1
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11:10pm Tue 13 May 14

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk says...

So get buses to feed the trains ? ?. Or better the metro in south east wales as fast as you can? With full consultation with the local community.
It could be a vote winner. And by the way get centrol government to pay for it.
To help the people your repersenting in Newport . We live in hope ?
That is one part of integrated transport we look forward to your remarks in the assembly on the subject of full integrated public transport in south east wales.
And you can join, The campaign for better transport uk Swites.org.uk.
Thanks for your support?
So get buses to feed the trains ? ?. Or better the metro in south east wales as fast as you can? With full consultation with the local community. It could be a vote winner. And by the way get centrol government to pay for it. To help the people your repersenting in Newport . We live in hope ? That is one part of integrated transport we look forward to your remarks in the assembly on the subject of full integrated public transport in south east wales. And you can join, The campaign for better transport uk Swites.org.uk. Thanks for your support? Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk
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