Residents asked to help shape transport of the future

Residents are being asked to help shape Buckinghamshire’s transport servicesfor the future.

Buckinghamshire County Council is takinga root and branch look at every area of transport: home to school, services for adult social care, concessionary fares and non-commercial bus services.

An online survey running until the end of the month (April), asking residents about their bus, train and taxi journeys, to help with future transport planning.

And focus groups of residents in Chesham, Waddesdon, Buckingham, surrounding rural areas, and High Wycombe aim to examine needs of communities with differing characteristics: North, South, rural and urban.

TheCounty Council currently invests £24 million a year providing and supporting transport service and, whilesavings have been made in the past few years, another £2.3m needs to be found for the future.

Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw said the all-encompassing review was looking at external services as well as the way in which services are managed and provided internally by the council.

“We will be looking at everything we do in this area, how we do it, how much it costs and whether we can do it differently,’ said Mark. ‘We don’t know all the answers, so it’s vital we work with communities so they can tell us what’s needed locally and how we can design new approaches together.

‘This is about listening to our residents’ real needs, and not taking a guess at perceived needs. We want to see what themes emerge and plan intelligently for the longer term, and that’s why we want as many as possible to talk to us through this survey.’