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All Change To Bus Services

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11:22am 19th August 2013

Rural bus services that cost the county council over £5 per passenger may be withdrawn.

That's one of the changes we're being asked to comment on in a public consultation that's now started.

The proposed changes to transport also include seeing an end to town services with subsidies of over £3 per passenger.

Bus services carrying less than 7 people a journey and a number of summer only tourist services are being stopped.

They'll also be no handouts to evening routes - Saturday routes that carry less than 20 passengers a journey and Sunday and Bank Holiday services.

Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council, 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."
There will be revisions county-wide including the North Dorset network, Dorchester to Yeovil services and the Dorchester to Poole route. Christchurch services will also be affected.
 
Full details of the proposal and the online form can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/bussurvey
 
For residents who don't have computer facilities local libraries can help you access this information. Comments can also be made through town and parish council.

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