Threatened Tory cuts to bus services across East Sussex have 'astounded' Norman Baker, who has been Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes for 18 years.
Norman warns: 'Residents of villages are particularly at risk from being completely isolated without access to public transport. These cuts will greatly affect people's day to day living.'
East Sussex County Council's ruling Conservatives ' who have drawn up plans to axe vital village and town bus services to save '1.79 million ' are proposing ruthless cuts that could result in the 2-hourly Barcome-Lewes-Alfriston service being replaced with a twice-weekly service, with Seaford losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne while Monday to Saturday evening services between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, which run through Ringmer and Malling, are also threatened.
Norman is urging local people to fight the proposals, commenting: 'I appreciate the difficult financial challenge, but it is difficult to accept with millions being invested on the Hastings-Bexhill bypass. The county council should listen very carefully to local residents and consider the wider impact on people's lives.'
Norman fears Tory plans for withering cuts to bus services used by low-income residents is another example of the vital role the Lib Dems have played in British politics during the five-year term of the Coalition government when Nick Clegg's party have fought hard to block Tory plans to cut too much and damage important services.
He points out: 'We have a record of delivery in government to be proud of, but we've also had to work hard to stop nasty and damaging Conservative plans, such as allowing schools to be run for profit, letting bosses fire staff at will with no reason given and an inheritance tax cut for millionaires.'