Massive Cuts to Dorset Bus Services

Dorset County Council has announced that it is cutting the number of bus services  that it supports from 35 down to just 7!

“This will have a devastating effect on everyone who doesn’t have access to a car,” says Cllr Andy Canning, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman and County Councillor.  “It will increase isolation as those on low incomes, poor mobility and the elderly, who live anywhere that isn’t close to a town centre, will become stranded in their homes.  How are people to get food, to do their shopping or get to the doctors or the hospital?  Some may be able to rely on family or friends some of the time, but many others will not.”

DCC want to save £1 million from these services. That is a very small proportion of the County Councils overall budget and Lib Dem Councillors believe that most of it should come from elsewhere.

The bus services that will come to an end in the West Dorset area on July 22nd include:

1, 2 and 6 Dorchester town services
44 West Bay – Bridport
71 Lyme Regis town service
73 Powerstock – Bridport
74 Sherborne – Yetminster – Yeovil
101 Crossways – Broadmayne – Dorchester
210 Litton Cheney – Bridport
211 Poundbury – Weymouth
212 Dorchester – Yeovil
307 Stalbridge – Dorchester
311 Blandford – Dorchester

 

I will be launching a petition this weekend and working with effected Parish Councils and bus users to challenge this whole process.  These cuts are going too far and are not in the interests of Dorset residents,” argues Cllr Canning.

For your information – the tendering contracts for the seven bus services that are carrying on beyond July are being issued by DCC today.

The seven public routes that will be tendered are:

  • Interurban Route 1 - Blandford to Sherborne
  • Interurban Route 2 - Shaftesbury to Gillingham
  • Interurban Route 3 - Blandford to Shaftesbury
  • Interurban Route 4 - Sturminster Newton to Gillingham
  • Interurban Route 5 - Blandford to Dorchester
  • Interurban Route 6 - Blandford to Salisbury
  • Interurban Route 7 - Sherborne to Dorchester

The full list of bus services currently being supported is below:

DCC Supported Bus Services up to 22 July 2017

3

Poole - Wimborne via Corfe Mullen

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

DCC funds Corfe Mullen - Wimborne.

20

Blandford - Salisbury

Mon – Fri Except public holidays

Interurban route 6

38

Ferndown - Ringwood

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

44

Swanage - Worth Matravers

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

44

Bridport - West Bay (Bridport)

Mon & Weds - Sat. Except public holidays.

59

Shaftesbury - Gillingham

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 2

71

Lyme Regis town service

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

74

Sherborne - Yetminster - Yeovil

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

88

Wimborne circular/Castlepoint

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

97

Fordingbridge -Cranborne/Verwood (Ringwood Weds)

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

101

Dorchester - Crossways

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

104

East Chaldon - Wareham

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

158

Shaftesbury - Bourton - Gillingham

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 2

185

Blandford - Blandford Camp

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

187

Blandford - Dorchester

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 5

207

Weymouth - Wyke Regis

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

210

Bridport - Litton Cheney

Mon & Weds - Sat. Except public holidays.

211

Pounbury/Upwey - Weymouth

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

212

Dorchester - Yeovil

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

307

Stalbridge - Sturminster Newton - Dorchester

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

309

Blandford - Sturminster Newton - Gillingham

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 4

311

Blandford - Dorchester

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

368

Blandford - Yeovil

Mon - Fri. Except public holidays.

D1/D2

Dorchester - Town Services

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

D6

Pounbury - Dorchester

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

X9

Blandford - Shaftesbury - Gillingham

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 3

X10

Blandford - Sturminster Newton - Yeovil

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 1

X11

Dorchester - Sherborne - Yeovil

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 7

X12

Blandford - Weymouth

Mon - Sat. Except public holidays.

Interurban route 5

73

Powerstock - Bridport

Mon-Fri. Except public holidays.

158

Wincanton - Yeovil

Mon-Sat. Except public holidays.