22 January 2021
RMT Press Office;
RMT calls on Nottingham City Council to halt proposals to cut funding for the vital Linkbus Network
BUS UNION RMT is today calling on Nottingham City Council to reverse its proposals to cut funding for Nottingham’s Linkbus Network, amid fears that the significant funding cut would lead to service cuts.
The Council’s draft budget shows that it plans to cut £700,000 in annual funding for the Linkbus network, which serves a variety of routes in Nottingham, including the City Centre, University and City Hospital.
Bus services prevent social isolation, and enable people to connect with jobs, health services, education and their local economy, and RMT believes that these cuts would be detrimental to the local community and hinder the area’s economic recovery from Covid-19.
The union has today written to the Leader of Nottingham City Council to call for the proposed funding cuts to be withdrawn and for a commitment that all jobs and services will be permanently protected.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“The UK’s local bus network has a key role to play in our recovery from Covid-19 and in meeting our carbon reduction targets and it is vital that funding and services are protected.
“The Linkbus Network provides key connections for the local community in Nottingham and if funding is cut, as the Council is proposing, it is hard to see how this wouldn’t mean cuts to services and routes. This would force people into private cars, worsening air quality and public health.
“I have today written to the leader of Nottingham City Council to call for the proposed funding cuts to be withdrawn and for a commitment that all jobs and services on the network will be permanently protected.
“RMT is also calling on the Government to ensure that its long-awaited National Bus Strategy ensures that all Local Authorities are provided with sufficient ring-fenced national funding to ensure that the UK’s bus network can be protected and expanded.”