Which Bus Service is the Most Important in Dorset? Have your Say
7:26am 14th February 2013
If you're a regular bus user around Dorset, the Council wants to hear from you.
They've drawn up a series of questionnaires to find out what peoples travel priorities are.
Leaders say feedback will help shape our local services in the future.
It comes after bus users raised concerns over some services being scrapped.
Although the majority of local bus services in Dorset are operated by bus companies on a commercial basis, the county council subsidises many socially necessary bus services through contracts with bus operators.
At the moment, around 11 million individual journeys each year are made by bus in Dorset with about 25% of these being made on these subsidised services.
Councillor Peter Finney, Cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "We want as many people as possible to complete our questionnaire about how they use public transport.
"Subsidised bus services cost nearly £3m a year and we want to make sure that this money is being spent supporting as many essential needs as possible, while at the same time providing value for money.
"We are continuing to work with bus operators to encourage them to run as many services as possible without subsidy, where routes are commercially viable."
Questionnaires can be completed online or downloaded from here, where a list of the subsidised local bus services can also be found.
The deadline for the submission of these surveys is Monday 15 April 2013.