A TWELVE-WEEK consultation on how supported bus services can work more effectively and efficiently in the future has been launched by Northumberland County Council.
The authority supports a number of non-commercial bus services in the county to enable residents and visitors to access local services.
Although the council does not intend to reduce the amount of money it spends on subsidising these services, increasing costs mean that it will not be able to fund as many services in the future as it does now.
Some of these buses are not very well used, and local communities, elected members and bus operators are being asked to suggest how they can work in partnership with the council to encourage greater use of bus services and identify those routes which are most vital in their local areas.
Interested parties are asked to submit replies to Northumberland County Council before July 15. See www.northumberland.gov.uk/transport