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Hundreds of residents sign petition to save village bus route
HUNDREDS of residents have signed a petition to save the Burton to Bournemouth town centre bus route from cuts.
The 21 Yellow Bus route could be slashed on evenings, weekends and bank holidays as part of a wider bid to revamp the subsidised bus services by Dorset County Council.
Burton residents are now campaigning to save the 21 service which they say serves a great number of people in the area.
Joyce Siegenberg, 65, from Burton said: “We were absolutely gobsmacked when we heard the service could be cut in the evenings and weekends.
"Some people, especially the elderly and the youngsters who don’t have cars are completely reliant on that service and they will be isolated without it.”
Veronica Renault, 65 said: “Students often stay in Burton during the summer, so they won’t be able to reach the town centre. It will also be much more difficult for people wanting to visit Bournemouth Hospital.”
The leader of Dorset County Council, Cllr Spencer Flower said the changes to bus services throughout Dorset would save £850,000.
Bus users were asked what impact the planned changes to Dorset services will have on them in an online survey and consultation which closed on September 24.
Jan Stevenson, passenger transport manager said: “The passenger transport team are currently compiling a report for the Cabinet that summarises the content of the responses they have received.
"They will support this with the petitions, letters from councillors and organisations that have also been received.”
Results from the consultation will be presented to the Dorset County Council cabinet on November 6.
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