Mike Thornton has raised fears that elderly residents will be left cut off after Conservative County Council axed free older person’s bus travel between 9am and 9.30am.
Lib Dem candidate has expressed concerns over the axing of the concessionary travel to Old Age Pensioners, claiming the move will cut many off from getting to their medical appointments or the free swimming classes at Fleming Park Leisure Centre.
Mr Thornton said: “This is another ill-thought-out decision made by the Hampshire County Council and it does not seem they fully understand the consequences of their decision. Elderly passengers have lost vital bus service, while the council sits on £400 million held in bank accounts.”
“A number of residents have already been in touch to say that the loss of service will not just restrict their freedom to travel and shop before 9:30am, but also stop them from using free classes at Fleming Park and from getting to their morning GP and hospital appointments.”
“It’s extremely disappointing that the Conservatives feel that punishing pensioners is an appropriate and fair way to balance the books.”
Mr Thornton has also raised concern about the lack of a full consultation with all bus users undertaken by the Council in this matter, saying that some residents may feel that this cut has been pushed through “under the radar”.
Mr Thornton added: “Bus services provide a lifeline for many elderly residents. It is unacceptable that such an important decision has been taken without any consideration for the views and concerns of the majority of bus users.”