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 subsidy, 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.

The proposals could bring savings of 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.

The consultation was an opportunity for the public to have their say on the proposals, to let us know how any changes to the services could affect them, or their family, and what they would do if the service was changed or stopped. We also welcomed any other suggestions about how to minimise the impact, if the proposals went ahead. 

We are currently considering the results of the consultation before making a decision as per the process outlined in the 'Next Steps' section below.

This services being considered for possible reduction or withdrawal are:

  • 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

We asked the public to tell us their views on the proposals by reading the information in the questionnaires and completing the questions. Respondents were able to complete the questionnaires for each service online or on paper.

Service 7A/B/C:

Service 11 (Sunday service):

Service 32:

Service 445:

Service H1:

Copies of the leaflet and questionnaires were made available at all of Poole's libraries.

The consultation closed at midnight on 29 October 2017.


If you have any queries about the consultation, please contact the transportation team 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 details


01202 633086

Corporate Research Team
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 11 June 2019
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