Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has announced that funding will continue from April for the Meriden bus services currently being supported on a short-term basis.
The services to benefit from this longer-term funding are the W1, W2, W3 & W4 which have been run by Red Eagle since HCC stepped in to provide temporary emergency funding last October.
From April, Red Eagle will be providing part of this operation on a commercial basis, with support from HCC for the rest.
The Uno 635, which also runs through the Meriden, is run commercially without assistance from HCC. As far as we know, this service will also continue as Uno have not indicated otherwise.
Councillor Derrick Ashley, Executive Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said: “We know that people depend on these services for access to work, education, shops, personal services and social events so we are pleased to be in a position to be able to reassure them that they will continue to operate. However, some commercial services across the county generate little or no real profit so we could be called on to support them at any time, putting more stress on budgets. The best advice we can give to secure the future of your local bus service is by using it whenever possible.”