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Outcome of Poole bus subsidy review announced

The outcome of a major review of council subsidies for bus services in Poole has been announced.

The review included a 12 week public consultation regarding 11 bus routes to which over 3,000 people responded. A further 3,300 bus passengers on the potentially affected routes were also asked for their views.

Following detailed analysis of the results and discussions between the bus operators and Borough of Poole’s Route & Branch Working Group, all of the services will be retained although there will be a change to the Yellow Bus route 20 service. From 27 April 2015, the route 20 service will no longer serve Compton Avenue and Lilliput and will instead operate via Alton Road and Broadwater Avenue to Pottery Road. This removes the duplication with the Morebus 52 service.

Morebus has agreed to retain the winter timetables on its 50 and 52 routes without subsidy from the council. Also, from 1 April 2015, fares on the Route ONE bus service will increase to £1 for a single journey and £1.80 for a day ticket.

The changes will save the council a further £39,200 a year and are on top of the £100,000 efficiency savings achieved following an initial consultation in 2013/14.

The majority of bus routes in Poole operate without subsidy. However, many evening and weekend services, plus those operating away from main roads, require financial support to be viable. It was these that were the subject of the detailed consultation.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took time to give the council their views about bus services. We have listened to people's views and after careful consideration it has been decided to reduce the level of savings and protect the bus services."
 
Councillor Tony Trent, Chairman of Borough of Poole's Route & Branch Working Group, said: “The consultation highlighted the number of people who rely on buses to get to work, education, attend medical appointments and to do their daily shopping. It is clear that bus services form an essential part of everyday lives for many of our residents."