When news happens get involved. Send your pictures, views and video to us by text and email
HAVE YOUR SAY: Council wants to hear from you on plans to scrap bus routes
11:51am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
DORSET’S supported bus network is set for a shake-up with some little-used services being scrapped.
Dorset County Council is revamping subsidised bus services next year in a bid to deliver better value for money.
The changes follow investigations earlier this year examining bus usage.
The council is proposing to withdraw some rural and urban services which do not carry many passengers. There will also be no subsidised services during evenings, Saturdays (unless they average 20 passengers per journey or more), Sundays and Bank Holidays unless additional external funding can be sourced.
The council wants to know how people will be affected by the changes, and if they have any ideas how a service can be provided in their area.
Leader of Dorset County Council Spencer Flower said: “We are keen to understand the individual impacts that the changes will have.
"We can then look to helping with community initiatives in the highlighted areas that can provide residents with a better, tailored service that fits their needs.
“Many of the rural buses have very little usage and we have had to look at ways of providing a better value for money service by empowering local groups to work together.
"In all parts of Dorset there have been successes with neighbourcar and dial-a-car schemes that offer residents a bespoke service.”
An online survey at dorsetforyou.com/bussurvey opens on Monday.
People without a computer can fill out a survey at their local library.
Have your vote here in a Dorset Echo poll just to guage opinion:
Comments are closed on this article.