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Complaints over new bus timetable

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11:24am 21st September 2017
(Updated 11:26am 21st September 2017)

There've been complaints about new bus timetables in West Dorset.

The County Council's admitted that a number of people in Broadwindsor, Gerrards Green and Netherbury are no longer being serviced.

First buses have made the changes to service 40 after the county council stopped subsidising routes.

The council's also admitted although students attending Yeovil College and Sir John Colfox School are able to catch the current bus the timings aren't ideal.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the council's Cabinet member for built and rural environment said:

"We need to balance the local needs of residents with the realities of the numbers of people using these services.

"The county council's policy to remove bus subsidies means that a more flexible and community driven solution is needed, DCC have had excellent success working with Communities using our Toolkit"

The toolkit can be found HERE.

Another issue that has been raised is the requirement for residents to attend Bridport hospital. This connection is mostly used as a short hop from the town itself. Further discussions with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group will look at support for this.

Over the next three months the council will continue to work with communities, companies providing community transport and the schools and colleges to iron out these issues.

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