A petition has been launched to save one of the Thanet bus services planned for the axe by Kent County Council.
The 38 and 38A bus runs from Palm Bay – Ramsgate – Manston – Birchington but the KCC subsidy for the route is likely to be withdrawn from September next year.
The service is one of three Thanet “Socially Necessary Bus Services (SNBS)” in a list of 74 which Kent County Council proposes to cut in a bid to save £4million. These contracts currently provide 1.6m journeys per annum.
The isle services for removal are the 38, 38A Palm Bay – Ramsgate – Manston – Birchington, the 42, 42A Monkton – Ramsgate and the 36 Herne Bay – Margate / QEQM Hospital.
Beacon Ward councillor Jenny Matterface has created the petition to save the 38 and 38a,
She said: “I consider it to be a vital link for many who don’t have transport of their own. Bear in mind also, it links two GPs surgeries ( Montefiore on Dumpton Park Drive and Bethesda at Palm Bay ) which are possibly part of the proposal for the super-surgeries. Neither will be accessible other than by car or bicycle if the route is cut or reduced.
If Cabinet members agree the proposals to withdraw services, a public consultation will take place from January 17, 2018 until March 27, 2018.
Consultation could mean amendments to the proposals which would be made in April 2018 and finalised by the Cabinet committee members in May 2018.
In June 2018 contract withdrawal notices will go to operators running the routes that are eventually agreed for the axe with the end of those services coming into effect from September 2018.
To sign the petition, which will be delivered to county council leader Paul Carter, click here
So if you need to get to hospital from Herne Bay – tough! And this from the council that recently voted itself a 15 percent pay rise. Not so cash strapped for that were they?!!
Why worry, Canterbury will soon have it’s very own state of the art acute hospital. No need to travel over to Margate.
If that hospital in Canterbury actually gets built then you may have a point. However, will it be built, staffed and ready for September 2018 when they say the bus services will be withdrawn?
It seems that all the out of the way places will be cut off from next year then. These services are essential to people who need a bus to get about. Taking them away will make it so much harder to access hospitals, Doctors and even the shops, and more expensive for them if they are going to need a taxi instead. I hope those in charge are happy with themselves !!!