Buses from Wimborne and Ferndown could be amongst cuts to services
THE FULL extent of possible bus service cuts being considered by Dorset County Council has been revealed to town and parish councils.
Dorset County Council's Cabinet will be meeting on 2nd October to decide which services it can continue to support, and has the choice of one of three options.
It is trying to shave £85,000 off its public transport budget, and the proposals, spelt out at a transport action group meeting in North Dorset last week, include the withdrawal of rural services costing over £5 per passenger, urban services costing over £3 per passenger, and services carrying an average of less than 7 passengers per journey.
The proposals have been forwarded to town and parish councils after Dorset County Council's Cabinet in July voted against immediate approval and agreed instead to seek local councillors' views.
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But many town and parish councils do not meet in August, and time will be short to get responses to the county in time for the October meeting.
As reported a fortnight ago, one of the threatened services is that providing transport from Heatherlands to Ferndown schools, where the pupils live too close to be entitled to free transport.
The favoured option three, which makes the highest savings, also includes:
Withdrawal of evening services from Wimborne to Bournemouth (service 13)
Withdrawal of the Saturday service from Ferndown to Ringwood, carrying an average of 6.7 passengers per journey.
Withdrawal of the Saturday Wimborne town service 88, carrying 6.3 passengers per journey on average.
Withdrawal of the Wimborne, Colehill, Salisbury service 302, costing £7.55 per passenger journey, which will run on Tuesdays only.
Withdrawal of the Wimborne to Castlepoint service 89, resulting in passengers asked to use other services by changing at Poole.
Withdrawal of service 328 Wimborne to Kingston Lacy which carries, on average, only one passenger per journey and
Withdrawal of the Tarrant Keyneston to Wimborne service 320 which averages on 3.9 passengers per journey and
Withdrawal of the Cranborne to Christchurch service 324, costing £6 per passenger journey.
The Cranborne to Ringwood service 97 and 303 is retained.