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Changes to concessionary travel arrangements

Start Date: Friday 3 December 2010
End Date: Friday 21 January 2011
Method: Forum meetings Postal Survey Online Survey
Service Area: Roads, Travel and Transport
Status: Past Past
Organisation: Dorset County Council in partnership
Contact Name: David Coates
Contact Phone: 01305 221587
Contact Email: d.coates@dorsetcc.gov.uk


About this Consultation

At present responsibility for providing free bus passes for older people and people with disabilities lies with the borough and district councils in Dorset. From 1 April 2011 the function will pass to Dorset County Council.

Dorset County Council is working with the borough and district councils to achieve as smooth a transition to the new arrangements as possible.  It is expected that the borough and district councils will continue to issue passes on behalf of the county council. However the amount of money available for these passes is being significantly reduced.

At present all the borough and district councils (except for Weymouth and Portland) offer extra concessions over the basic statutory free bus travel scheme and because there is unlikely to be enough money to pay for them most are at risk. These include:-

o Free travel before 0930 on weekdays (East, North and West Dorset)
o Taxi tokens/vouchers (Christchurch, East Dorset, Purbeck and West Dorset)
o Rail Warrants (Purbeck)

The County Council does however expect to be able to maintain free all day travel for blind and partially sighted people.

A consultation exercise for those people who might be affected by the proposed changes is about to start and will run until 14 January. Click here to complete the questionnaire online.

Results

Results for this consultation are now available. See results report below.



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