Bid to stop bus subsidy cuts is thrown out by Norfolk County Council

Coasthopper bus. Photo: Archant

Coasthopper bus. Photo: Archant - Credit: IAN BURT

The leader of Norfolk County Council has refused to rule out reintroducing cuts to bus subsidies in future.

Liberal Democrat councillor Tim East raised a motion at Monday's full county council meeting to protect subsidies and grants until the end of the 2020.

However, leader Cliff Jordan said that doing this would be tying the council's hands.

Mr East raised fears over rural bus services, which he described as 'already underfunded'.

He said: 'Passing this motion will enable us, at least, to keep the status quo for the next three years, something that should be a minimum requirement for the county council.'

Lib Dem group leader Dan Roper said if the council could not ring fence this amount of its budget, it would be 'in very big trouble indeed'.

However, the motion was lost after 45 councillors voted to quash it, against 29 votes in favour of it.

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