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Bus subsidies

We face a very challenging financial situation. Rising costs, increased demand for our services, and cuts in government funding means we have to save around £19.9M by April 2020 to balance our budget.

As part of our efforts to save money, we are reviewing our budget for subsidising bus services. Most bus services in Poole operate without subisdy, but those with fewer passengers require our financial support.

Last year we spent £598,000 subsidising bus services in Poole. We need to review the provision of some subsidised journeys on certain Monday to Saturday day time, Sunday, and school bus routes.

We have some proposals which could bring savings up to £93,000 with a target of at least £70,400. This includes £30,000 in savings that Go South Coast have identified, which will not result in any changes to routes, prices or timetables.

This consultation is an opportunity to have your say on the proposals, let us know how any changes to the services may affect you, or your family, and what you would do if the service is changed or stopped. We'd also like to hear about any other suggestions about how we might minimise the impact, should the proposals go ahead. We will consider the results of the consultation when making a decision.

This service is one of a number which will be considered for possible reduction or withdrawal.

The services include:

  • Route 7A/B/C
  • Route 11 (Sunday service)
  • Route 32
  • Route 445
  • Route H1

Details of all the routes and proposed changes can be found in the paper surveys below.

Have your say

Please tell us your views on the proposals by reading the information in the questionnaires and completing the questions. Please feel free to complete the questionnaires for each service that is relevant to you online or on paper.

Service 7A/B/C

Service 11 (Sunday service)

Service 32

Service 445

Service H1

You can also find copies of the leaflet and questionnaires at any of Poole's libraries.

The consultation will close at midnight on 29 October 2017.

Previous consultations

See information about our previous bus subsidy consultations.


If you need any help completing the survey, have any queries or would like the survey in a different format, please contact us on transportation@poole.gov.uk.

Next steps

The results of this consultation will be presented to the Route and Branch Member Group for first consideration on 24 November 2017, and then on to Transportation Advisory Group on 11 January 2018. The consultation will be taken into account in making any decisions about services changes at a meeting of Cabinet on 6 February 2018.

Any bus services changes would be implemented from the end of May 2018.

Contact Us


01202 633086

Corporate Research Team
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU