Outcome of Poole bus subsidy review announced

The outcome of a review of council subsidies for bus services in Poole has been announced. 

The review included a six week public consultation regarding five routes to which 250 people responded. In addition more than 200 bus passengers on the potentially affected routes were invited to give their views. 

A target saving was set at £70,400 for 2018/19. However, following the public consultation the budget for bus subsidies will be reduced by £55,400. 

Of this total, £30,000 has been achieved through the council negotiating contract price reductions with morebus with no changes to timetables. 

The main change is the withdrawal of the morebus 445 route that operates between Bearwood, Merley and Allenbourn School in Wimborne. This service is partially replaced with an amended 4 route from Merley which will be extended to and from Allenbourn School. Bearwood will no longer be served. This change will be introduced at the end of May 2018 to coincide with the morebus summer timetable change. 

The 0650 journey from Broadstone on a Saturday on the Yellow Buses H1 service will also be withdrawn from 9 April 2018. 

Most bus routes in Poole operate without subsidy. However, some evening and weekend services, plus those operating away from the main roads, require financial support to be viable. 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “I am grateful to everyone who took time to respond to the consultation and make the council aware of the potential impact of the changes. This influenced the decisions taken."

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: "I am particularly pleased that the majority of savings have been created through positive negotiation with the bus operators rather than reducing services.” 

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