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Hold Up For Changes To Bus Services


6:49am 8th November 2013
(Updated 6:50am 8th November 2013)

There's been a hold up to plans to cut some bus services in Dorset.

1200 people responded to the county council's public consultation to get rid of some underused routes in an attempt to save money.

They need to shave £850,000 off the £2.8M bus subsidy budget in April.

The council's now taking on board how local communities will be affected - and will make a final decision over services on the 4th December.

 Cllr Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for environment, said: "We are still working through the detail, but we will be altering the proposals which originally went out for consultation in early August.

"We are carefully considering all the responses we have received, and looking at all the options available. We aim to ensure no community will be cut off or left without a service that currently has a service."

Almost 1,200 responses were received. This feedback is now being examined, alongside more up-to-date passenger information, ahead of new proposals to go before the Cabinet on 4 December.

Cllr Cox added: "Some very useful suggestions have been made which we will take into account wherever possible in the final recommendations

"In the current financial climate, we must ensure that we achieve value for money for the Dorset taxpayers. This review is not something we have undertaken lightly, and we fully understand that some bus services offer a lifeline to residents without transport of their own. But there are ways of dealing with the potential for rural isolation other than a bus.

"We are listening to what people have said, and are working hard to come up with some options that deal with the need and provide value for money for taxpayers."

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