Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bristol City Councillor under fire over contracts farce

BRISTOL City Council's unsuccessful plan to save money on transport services has been branded "damaging, costly, unrealistic and naive".

The authority was warned by transport campaigners last year that a plan to put all of the bus, ferry and rail services that it helps fund out to tender at the same time would not work.

And it didn't – leaving the council with a £2.2 million budget hole that will lead to cuts to a range of services and increased charges for passengers.

Instead of forcing costs down by attracting real competition for First, it emerged last month it would cost the council £1.2 million extra to continue running the existing level of service.

Ultra Light Rail campaigner Keith Hallett agreed, calling for a proper public debate on whether trams should be supported over the bendy bus before funding bids are submitted to the government in September.

He said: "I came to Bristol ten years ago and the bus service was a joke. Now it's an expensive joke.

My comment: Another example of a council failing to listen. 

Read the full story from the source This is Bristol 

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