Have your say on subsidised bus journeys
More than 90 per cent of bus journeys made in Staffordshire are operated without being subsidised by the council tax payer.
But in other cases the county council subsidises bus journeys, which can cost the council taxpayer as much as £10 every time a passenger boards the bus.
In Staffordshire, the county council has to balance what it can spend against the support of services for which it has a legal duty to provide. Whilst some councils have stopped subsiding bus travel altogether, the county council will spend £1.3 million on subsidised journeys from April 2018.
Following an eight week public consultation, the county council's Cabinet has agreed to implement the option that safeguards the most bus journeys.
The option chosen means that most trips can still be made at the lowest average cost to taxpayers.
Find out about the option that has been chosen and what this means for subsidised buses
Whilst 96% of all bus journeys currently made in Staffordshire will still be able to be made. In cases where journeys will no longer be subsidised, such as the Dial-A-Ride, the county council wants to work with local bus operators, local councils and communities to see which are the most important to them and look at helping them explore other options for funding.
Any changes to bus timetables will be implemented by bus operators from April 2018. The county council is not able to confirm changes to specific routes which will no longer be subsidised at this stage. Details of any changes will be finalised and published by bus operators once known.