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Bus services under threat in Tendring
4:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
SUBSIDISED bus services could be under threat as part of an attempt by the county council to save millions of pounds.
Essex County Council currently pays £7.9million tokeep almost 200 bus services going – 25 in the Tendring area.
Services at risk are generally run in the evenings, Sundays or in rural areas. It has launched a 12-week consultation looking at the “essential” travel needs of residents and offering “the best value for tax payers”.
In the Manningtree area, the number 2 service run by Hedingham between Clacton and Mistleyon Monday to Saturdays could face the cut, along with the Wednesday Mistley to Brightlingsea 85 service.
In Harwich, the Sunday 102 service run by Colchester Network from Colchester to Harwich, the Monday to Saturday First 104 service from Colchester to Harwich and the schoolday Harwich to Ramsey 103 service run by Hedingham are all under threat.
Harwich mayor and ex-bus driver Dave McLeod said: “There is a possibility we could see our services run from Clacton and Colchester."