A SCARBOROUGH woman has accused bus operators of driving pensioners to potential despair after the axing of a popular service.
East Yorkshire Motor Services will stop all 12 and 21 buses from April 16 in a huge cost-cutting measure to cope with the removal of £800,000 county council subsidies.
The moves will mean residents in Coldyhill Lane, Scholes Park Road, Cross Lane and Scalby Beck Road will lose their familiar service.
The bus currently operates seven buses throughout weekdays and has grown to become a lifeline for elderly residents gaining access to the town centre.
However, Hazel Dixey, who regularly uses the bus to get into town, said the changes would place great strain on people, particularly elderly residents.
She said: “On the morning bus, people see the same faces as they are going into town.
“However, if they don’t have this must they might have to rely on the Ravenscar one which is a different service and runs at different times.
“Some might even have to get taxi’s and they can be a lot of money for some people.
“The 12 and 21 is a really good service and helps a lot of people get about and into town.”
Mrs Dixey added she also had great fears over the loss of a key bus service, especially with plans passed for a massive housing development on High Mill Farm in Scalby.
Peter Shipp, chairman and chief executive of East Yorkshire Motor Services, said he understood the concerns but added the company were at the mercy of major financial drawbacks nationwide.
He said: “I am extremely sorry and have been lobbying Government very hard to try and make them realise the effect but to no avail.
“The bus industry as a whole is seeing big reductions in the amount of money it gets paid from local authorities for carrying older and disabled people.
“This means that, especially for routes on individual journeys which carry a high proportion of concessionary travellers, the money we receive is considerably less that it was when the scheme started in 2008.
“The price of fuel has also gone up dramatically and every penny costs us over £1,000 per week, and the combination of all these factors mean we are having to carefully re-examine all the routes we operate.”