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Bridport's mutiny on the buses
CARRYING out surveys of bus use in winter is unlikely to give an accurate figure on which to base important decisions.
That’s the view of members of Bridport Town Council who have been asked to respond to proposed cuts in services by Dorset County Council.
Councillors were concerned Dorset County Council is planning to cut many Saturday services – a move they believe will harm the town’s market.
At their plans meeting they heard that the Western Area Transport Action Group (WATAG) wanted more surveys done at peak times to get a better idea of the true level of use.
The pressure group also wants to see concessionary passengers given the chance to pay rather than lose a service.
Other services likely to lose their Saturday service are the No 42 from Bridport to Drimpton, the 47 and 47a service to Beaminster, Crewkerne and Yeovil which could lose its peak period college holidays only and Sunday bank holiday service.
The 73 from Cattistock to Maiden Newton is in line to be converted to a fixed route with no pre-booking and no Saturday service.
The 76 to Catherston Leweston service is set to be withdrawn altogether.
The 210 and 44 to Litton Cheney and Bothenhampton will also lose the Saturday bus.
Town clerk Bob Gillis said: “There is a question mark on the data they are basing their recommendations on, On one of these services the 210 on one Saturday in August was standing room only.
Coun Dave Rickard added: “We have been asking for around Bridport buses for as long as I have been here.
“They should be looking at increasing the use of public transport to get people into the market town.”
Dorset County Council are consulting on the proposed changes and if it decides to implement the changes they will come into effect on January 5 next year.
It wants to save money by withdrawing: Any rural service that costs it more than £5 per passenger Services that carry an average of seven or less people School services not carrying entitled children, Summer only tourist services Subsidised evening and Saturday services.
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