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Decision On Future Of Dorset's Bus Services Postponed

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7:36am 2nd October 2013
(Updated 4:09pm 2nd October 2013)

A decision which could be the end of the road for a number of subsidised bus services in Dorset will now be made in November.

Jan Stevenson, passenger transport manager, said:

"The passenger transport team are currently compiling a report for the Cabinet (6 November) that summarises the content of the responses they have received. They will support this with the petitions, letters from councillors and organisations that have also been received."

The council say many rural buses are underused - they want to withdraw services that cost them over £5 per passenger and urban services with subsidies of over £3 pounds.

Buses carrying less than 7 passengers per journey will also go.

And they'll be no help for evening, weekend or Bank Holiday services unless additional outside funding can be found. (Unless they average 20 passengers per journey or more).

But before they make a decision today - they'll hear from critics who say stopping these routes will leave vulnerable isolated.

Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council said:

" Many of the rural buses have very little usage and we have to look at ways of providing better value for money by empowering local groups to work together.  In all parts of Dorset there have been successes with the neighbourcar and dial-a-car schemes that offer residents a bespoke service."

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