FURTHER devastating cuts are set to hit Dorset’s bus services as the county council announced savings of £1.85million, slashing the number of services it supports from 35 to just seven.
These bus routes are at risk of being completely withdrawn, as Dorset County Council pulls its subsidies on 28 services.
The county has already suffered from many rural bus services being cut and it is feared that the withdrawal of these services will hit the vulnerable the hardest.
Liberal Democrats in Dorset believe the cuts will have a devastating effect on everyone who doesn’t have access to a car, risking increasing isolation for those on low incomes, poor mobility and the elderly. It will most affect those who live anywhere that isn’t close to a town centre, who will struggle 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.
Lib Dems have launched a petition at www.west-dorset-libdems.org.uk and are working with effected parish councils and bus users to challenge the process.
Tory Cllr Peter Finney, Dorset County Council’s cabinet member for environment, highways and infrastructure, said: “As agreed by the county council last year, we need to save a further £1.85million from our public and schools transport budget in 2017/18 on top of the £500,000 saved from our subsidised bus routes in 2016/17.