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First Respond To Criticism Over Bus Changes

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5:00pm 30th September 2014
(Updated 5:37pm 30th September 2014)

First buses have been responding to criticism from Dorset users about changes to their service.

They've told Wessex FM "We gave our usual three to four weeks' notice of the changes to Service X31."

Campaigners claim these changes will have a direct impact on the local economy and people working shifts.

But First say "We constantly monitor bus usage so we know fewer than 10 people were using these evening services on the 30 mile journey between Axminster and Dorchester . "

And if people want these services back then First are suggesting they contact Dorset County Council.

You can read the full statement here:

"We gave our usual three to four weeks' notice of the changes to Service X31. Draft timetables were sent to both Devon and Dorset County Councils prior to registration and no concerns were raised then. The timetables were then registered and forwarded to other stakeholders such as the Western Dorset West Area Transport Group (WATAG) which has now raised its concerns with Dorset County Council's public transport team. However, like us, they have been told there is no money currently to fund socially necessary bus journeys. We constantly monitor bus usage so we know fewer than 10 people were using these evening services on the 30 mile journey between Axminster and Dorchester . We would advise bus users who want to see these journeys re-instated to contact Dorset County Council which is responsible for determining whether to fund any gaps left in the commercial running of these services."

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