Protest at radical proposals to cutback on bus services in Reading

The authority may be forced to make cutbacks to save money Credit: ITV Meridian
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Radical plans being considered by Reading Borough Council could mean the end of free peak-time travel for thousands of elderly and disabled people in the area.

The authority says it may be forced to make cutbacks to services, to save money from its already squeezed budgets.

Those against the proposals gathered outside the church at St Mary's Butts to demonstrate.

If approved, it would mean the council would no longer provide free travel before 9:30am or after 11:00pm on weekdays.

Companion bus passes would not be issued or accepted and the ReadiBus dial-a-ride services would no longer be free for users.

A decision about the scheme in Reading will be made next month.

Interviewees: Sylvia Vousden, Bus pass user & Merry Cross, Berkshire Disabled People Against Cuts