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NHS counts the cost of poor bus services

Sir, -Your article (EADT, December 8) about the imminent cut in the bus
service to East Bergholt is sadly topical.

The new Rural White Paper has acknowledged the vital need for better bus
services and pledged £132million over three years for the rural bus
subsidy grant and £60m for rural bus challenge. In all our discussions
nationally and locally with Suffolk district councils over the past few
years, the CLA has emphasised that we must have more integrated bus and
rural transport services, not just to give people in our villages a
communication lifeline, but also to keep more cars off our roads.

The real cost which all of us pay (as taxpayers) for too many cars is
quite ridiculous. As only one of the many road costs, in 1998 (last full
figures), largely due to too many vehicles on our roads, 320,000 people
required hospital treatment following accidents. This cost the NHS
£10bn, or one quarter of the total NHS annual budget. Good value? – I
think not!

Let’s use these new subsidies wisely, help our communities and save
ourselves much higher costs. NICHOLAS WOOLLEY, Chairman, CLA Suffolk Branch

East Anglian Daily Times | 13 December 2000

December 13th, 2000
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