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Bus (concessionary) passes - public consultation

Due to a reduction in funding from central government, we are running a consultation on the bus (concessionary) passes scheme, learn more and complete the survey

The current scheme

Dorset County Council has suffered significant reductions in its financial settlements from central government. This has a significant impact on the support that is available for local bus services. Dorset County Council is proposing changes to its concessionary travel scheme. These changes will help to make the financial savings required to ensure as much funding as possible remains available to fund local bus services.

The Dorset concessionary travel scheme currently provides the statutory minimum provision of free travel between 9.30am and 11pm on Monday to Friday and at all times on weekends and public holidays. The scheme also allows free concessionary travel before 9.30am on services where the next bus is not until after 10.30am. Free all day travel is also available for blind and partially sighted pass holders. There is an additional companion scheme which allows individuals with certain disabilities the option of having a companion travel for free within Dorset.

Finally, concessionary pass holders from East Dorset are also granted free all day travel when starting their journey in East Dorset. This is an enhancement funded by East Dorset District Council for its own residents with a valid concessionary pass.

What is proposed?

Dorset Travel proposes the following changes to Dorset's Concessionary Pass Scheme:

  • removal of free travel before 9.30am on routes that have no other services until after 10.30am

The companion scheme, free travel before 9.30am for blind and partially sighted pass holders and additional concessionary provided to East Dorset pass holders will continue as they are currently.

Outcome of Consultation

Dorset Travel undertook a public consultation on the above proposals which ran for six weeks between 1 December 2016 and 13 January 2017. The results of the consultation are now being collated and will be uploaded to this page as soon as they are available.

An easy read version of the consultation response report will be made available as soon as possible.

Next Steps

Dorset County Council's Cabinet will consider these proposals on 1 February 2017. The minutes and outcome from this meeting will be uploaded to this webpage when available.

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