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Review Of Poole's Subsidised Bus Services

Borough of Poole is consulting with local people as it carries out a review of its subsidised local bus services.

An earlier review carried out in 2013/14 generated approximately £100,000 in efficiency savings. Local people are now being asked to give their views on the proposals to save up to £150,000 from the bus subsidy budget in 2015/16, which is being considered as part of the council's drive to save money.

The council is facing budget pressures of £13.5 million over the next three years. The council spent approximately £750,000 subsidising bus services in the borough last year. This subsidy is one of the areas being reviewed and potential savings identified.

Eleven subsidised bus routes have been identified for consideration. The routes operate mainly in the daytime and include some services to primary schools.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "We are facing unprecedented budget cuts in Poole and this means we have to make some very difficult decisions. Following discussions with the bus companies and councillors, the proposed routes have been identified for reduction or withdrawal. We appreciate the importance of the bus service to many local residents. We will be liaising directly with schools and other community groups that may be affected, but we would really encourage all bus users to take part in this survey and give us their views."

The consultation will include on-bus surveys and passengers will also be invited to have their say in writing or via the council’s website boroughofpoole.com/buses by 5 December 2014.

No decisions will be taken until the New Year with any changes being implemented from May 2015 onwards.