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North Dorset District Council also proposing to withdraw free bus travel
1:00pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 in News
NORTH Dorset District Council is also proposing to withdraw early morning free bus travel for pass holders.
The authority has been subsidising the cost of free travel before 9.30am in its district and claims it will cost more than £50,000 per year to continue to fund the scheme in the future.
The council’s cabinet is now proposing to withdraw the subsidy and provide £5,000 to help people who need public transport to access medical services.
Spokesman for community and regeneration Coun Val Pothecary said: “Currently anyone with a North Dorset Bus Pass is entitled to use their pass to travel anywhere at any time – for free.
“But, quite clearly, there are some people using their pass to travel to work and we have to question whether local taxpayers should be paying for this.”