To help meet the £50 million budget reduction required by Government spending cuts in 2015-2016, we are faced with making savings of £1.7m from our annual public transport budget. This is the first time that we have proposed making service reductions for four years.
Most bus services in Devon are run commercially by bus companies at no cost to the Council. However, we support nearly 200 public bus services and carrying around 4.5m passengers every year. These services would not run without this support.
We also manage the National Bus Pass Scheme for 175,000 pass holders in Devon. This costs us more than £9m every year, and is governed by statutory legislation from central government. Efficiencies have already been achieved across the wider Transport Co-ordination Service to meet previous savings targets.