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Plans to cut environment and transport budget will be decided tomorrow
PLANS to cut Hampshire’s budget for the environment and transport will be decided upon tomorrow.
A statement from the county council said the savings will include £660,000 on improving administrative procedures, such as sharing depots for council and contractor highways staff, and “streamlining back office systems”.
A further £300,000 will be saved by renegotiating the contract for street lighting.
The statement said support for concessionary fares would continue, but warned the scheme would come under pressure in future years because of the county’s ageing population.
It added: “There are no planned reductions to the £5.1million subsidies that the county council pays bus operators to run services that are not commercially viable.
“Public and community transport services are expected to come under increased pressure due to rising fuel costs and reduced public sector funding, leading to changes in the availability to public transport services.”