ELDERLY people living at a housing complex in Hereford fear they could be confined to their homes after losing their regular bus service.

The 905 bus ferries residents from Great Western Court across the city centre, and stops at the County Hospital and near the railway station.

But the service is due to be withdrawn from August 31.

"Words cannot express the disappointment I felt on learning that yet another public service is to disappear," said resident Marion Jones.

"The effect on this cancellation on the elderly will be devastating.

"If they are to retain a degree of normality and dignity they will be forced into using taxis, a luxury they can ill-afford.

"The alternative would be to confine themselves to their homes, thereby placing an even greater strain on the NHS."

Fellow resident Joy Goff said a petition has started to save the service and a meeting is due to be held at Great Western Court on Monday.

In total, more than 60 bus services in the county will be reduced, including many evening and Sunday services.

Herefordshire Council says that the changes are part of its aim to save £33million by 2017.

However, Scott Morris fears that he will not be able to get back to his Weobley home after finishing work in Hereford because there will be no evening services.

"I believed the council was trying to get more people on public transport, to help reduce our carbon footprint and free up much needed parking spaces, but this outcome will prove detrimental to both," said Mr Morris.

The Rail for Herefordshire group has been actively campaigning for better transport in the county, including protecting bus services.

Spokesman John Thorne said planned cuts will have a big impact.

"There will be very few buses or no buses at all on Sundays and at evenings," said Mr Thorne.

"Herefordshire is a very rural county and people will not be able to come into the city, which will be very unfortunate."

Cllr Paul Rone, cabinet member for roads and transport, said the council has been working closely with bus operators to explore savings.

"We have taken opportunities to integrate some contracts and ensure more efficient use of vehicles and drivers," he said.

The full list can be viewed at herefordshire.gov.uk/bus-service-changes