Concerns raised over three East Dorset bus routes cut by county council

Bournemouth Echo: ‘DISMAY’: Cllr Janet Dover ‘DISMAY’: Cllr Janet Dover

THREE East Dorset bus services used by thousands of people each year have been cut by the county council.

The services, which serve Wimborne, Colehill, Ferndown and Parley, have been lost following a public consultation as the council seeks to save £850,000 from its £2.8 million bus subsidy expenditure.

All three will change or be lost completely from April 1 next year.

Councillor Janet Dover said: “These three services are used by many, many people, and the effect this will have is huge.”

The number 13 service, which currently runs until 11.55pm at night, will stop at 5.30pm each day, while the circular 88 bus and the 89 Saturday service will be lost for good.

Cllr Dover, ward councillor for Colehill East, said: “I am absolutely dismayed about the loss of these services.

“I am concerned about each change, for different reasons. The 13 stopping at 5.30pm will affect many who use it to come home from work.

“The 88 allows people to get into Wimborne town centre for appointments, and is vital for elderly people who don’t drive. The 89 only operates on one day of the week, and takes people to Castlepoint and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. It is so frustrating and the impact will be huge.”

Services saved following the consultation include the 844 service, used by children living on the Heatherlands estate in Ferndown to get to school.

Cllr Dover said: “I was optimistic that these three services would be saved after we heard that the 844 would keep going.

“I am shocked and very disappointed indeed about this decision.”

Detailed negotiations with bus companies enabled the council to find additional savings of around £120,000, which will be used to retain services in isolated rural areas.

Cllr Hilary Cox, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “This review is not something we have undertaken lightly, and we fully understand that some bus services offer a lifeline to residents without transport of their own.

“Unlike many councils, we are still putting a substantial amount of money – £2 million – into supporting local bus services. And as part of this package we are also investing an additional £25,000 to help community transport schemes start up. There are already 60 voluntary car schemes, dial-a-rides and other community transport initiatives in existence across the county, helping overcome rural isolation.”

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12:28pm Wed 11 Dec 13

wonderway says...

would be better to remove all mileage payments to council staff and councillors plus any cars that are in car pool see how much that saves and who will moan then

cutting bus services to no drivers and people without cars restricts people access to other services my be cut free health services to council staff and free eyesight tests and payments toward glass should go to put them on par with normal people
would be better to remove all mileage payments to council staff and councillors plus any cars that are in car pool see how much that saves and who will moan then cutting bus services to no drivers and people without cars restricts people access to other services my be cut free health services to council staff and free eyesight tests and payments toward glass should go to put them on par with normal people wonderway

1:51pm Wed 11 Dec 13

richt says...

Same goes for MPs, I'd like to see how they manage on the average salary relying on local bus services and without expense payments on top
Same goes for MPs, I'd like to see how they manage on the average salary relying on local bus services and without expense payments on top richt

4:54pm Wed 11 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Most of the people using these buses will not be paying cash fares but instead presenting free their senior free Bus Passes, whether the routes were operated directly or indirectly by the Council this will have influenced the decision.
Most of the people using these buses will not be paying cash fares but instead presenting free their senior free Bus Passes, whether the routes were operated directly or indirectly by the Council this will have influenced the decision. muscliffman

7:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

blackandwhite says...

As usual this will affect the less well off who are obliged to use public transport. Yes and I have a bus pass because a car is unaffordable now I'm retired. Also my wife who is Disabled. It just means we will be more housebound especially in the evenings.
Stopping the service at 1730hrs will also impact on people commuting to work.
So much for trying to curtail car use to help the environment and reduce traffic and pollution !
As usual this will affect the less well off who are obliged to use public transport. Yes and I have a bus pass because a car is unaffordable now I'm retired. Also my wife who is Disabled. It just means we will be more housebound especially in the evenings. Stopping the service at 1730hrs will also impact on people commuting to work. So much for trying to curtail car use to help the environment and reduce traffic and pollution ! blackandwhite

12:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

harrythered says...

Great, so now you cannot get from Wimborne, Colehill or Ferndown into Bournemouth in the evening, or in reverse you cannot get to Wimborne in the evening.
What about the people working on evening shifts on the Ferndown Industrial estate ? How are they supposed to get home. The No 13 route serves a major route between Bournemouth, Ferndown and Wimborne - it should continue to do so. In fact it would make sense to reinstate the old route when it carried on past Wimborne and terminated in Poole. You could then combine the Poole - Wimborne service into it.
Great, so now you cannot get from Wimborne, Colehill or Ferndown into Bournemouth in the evening, or in reverse you cannot get to Wimborne in the evening. What about the people working on evening shifts on the Ferndown Industrial estate ? How are they supposed to get home. The No 13 route serves a major route between Bournemouth, Ferndown and Wimborne - it should continue to do so. In fact it would make sense to reinstate the old route when it carried on past Wimborne and terminated in Poole. You could then combine the Poole - Wimborne service into it. harrythered

11:30am Sat 14 Dec 13

frasier says...

"The number 13 service, which currently runs until 11.55pm at night, will stop at 5.30pm each day.."
Shows how out of touch with reality DCC are, if they think Ferndown people working in Bournemouth stop working that early. If you can't afford to run a car and you can't get to and from work by bus - how do you keep your job? Meanwhile, daytime buses will still run, largely for the benefit of non-working people with free bus passes - many of whom, I suspect, could not only afford to pay, but might even do so willingly for the greater good.
"The number 13 service, which currently runs until 11.55pm at night, will stop at 5.30pm each day.." Shows how out of touch with reality DCC are, if they think Ferndown people working in Bournemouth stop working that early. If you can't afford to run a car and you can't get to and from work by bus - how do you keep your job? Meanwhile, daytime buses will still run, largely for the benefit of non-working people with free bus passes - many of whom, I suspect, could not only afford to pay, but might even do so willingly for the greater good. frasier

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