Dorchester Chamber for Business is asking members to comment on the bus network in Dorset.
In March 2021, the government launched Bus Back Better, a new National Bus Strategy for England with key aims of making buses:
- more attractive for passengers
- more affordable
- easier to understand and use
- faster and more reliable
Dorset Council submitted a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and bid for funding which aims to revitalise bus services in Dorset. Although the bid was unsuccessful, there will be future funding opportunities which we will apply for to deliver the plan.
The council is launching a survey to seek further input from the public on their priorities for better bus services while understanding that funding is limited.
They want to hear from local businesses, tourism and health service providers as well as local transport action groups and other stakeholders.
The key aims of the BSIP are to improve public transport in Dorset by:
- promoting better use of the existing network
- introducing simpler and better value fares
- providing an easier to understand ticketing system
- providing better connections within the existing transport network
- improving journey times
- exploring alternatives to traditional bus services to enlarge the current network
Cllr Ray Bryan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:
“Despite the lack of funding from the BSIP bid, Dorset Council will continue to seek ways to improve transport in Dorset. This survey will help Dorset Council to refresh the current BSIP with continuing input from stakeholders contributing to plans for the future”
Cllr. Noc Lacey-Clarke, The Cabinet Lead for Environment, Travel and Harbours, said:
“We are keen to understand peoples’ priorities for transport services in Dorset and I would encourage everyone to fill in this survey so that Dorset can develop a high quality transport network.
Dorchester Chamber for Business President Peter Greenaway added:
“As an area that relies on tourism, the ability for visitors to have access to bus connectivity is vital if we are to continue to reduce the carbon footprint of the area. We also need to ensure that our rural areas don’t become cut off through a lack of bus services. I would urge members to take a few minutes and feedback to Dorset Council with their views”
To take the survey click here; https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=165701546142
The closing date is midnight on 11 September 2022