Ross Town Council will be deciding on whether to support our new bus service on Monday 10th October at 7pm at the Corn Exchange in the town centre.
There is an opportunity for the public to speak at the start of the meeting and, as this is a big decision and quite an unusual one for a town council. It is important that councillors hear as many views from residents as possible. Please be there if you can.
Newent and Ledbury have already voted to support the new bus service. We’ve asked each council to pledge a donation towards the start-up costs of the new service, equivalent to £3 per voter – The planned price of a return ticket between any two towns on the route.
We thought long and hard about the amount. times are hard and any extra spending has to represent value for money. We think this does.
With support from Ross we will be SOOO close to being able to go out to tender with bus operators (get a firm price for the service).
So this is really important.
And new benefits for the new service are coming through all the time.
We’ve found that by using a smaller and more environmentally friendly bus, we are going to be able to provide a proper connection to Ledbury Railway station.
For people in Ross and Newent, this offers the choice of much cheaper rail journeys to the Midlands and North.
For example £13.20 return from Ledbury to Birmingham, £25.70 from Gloucester. That’s a big saving.
So, if you’d like to see improved public transport in our area come along and support us at Ross Town Council on Monday.