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Bus Service Demo At County Hall

bus cuts demo

6:49am 19th January 2015
(Updated 10:08am 19th January 2015)

Rising bus fares and service cuts have sparked a demonstration outside County Hall in Dorchester today (19th January).

Members of Bus Action Group are expressing their frustration about the recent changes ahead of a meeting of Dorset County Council's Environment Overview Committee.

Bridport County Councillor Ros Kayes says these services are vital to local people.

She told Wessex FM: "It's not rocket science when you think if you don't have a car or are disadvantaged in anyway and getting the bus is their only way to work then what alternative have they got."

First Wessex recently apologised for hiking up some of its fares recently but said the changes would be reinvested into the service.

The move came after worries over service cuts were raised, especially on the 31 route serving West Dorset.

Campaigners are hoping the county council will reconsider the way it reimburses companies for concessionary passes and increase it in line with the national average.

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