Important survey on the future of subsidised bus services in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Local Transport Plan – Public Transport Strategy Review

Introduction

Wiltshire Council is reviewing its Local Transport Plan (LTP) Public Transport Strategy and service delivery (Wiltshire Council supported bus services). The review is being undertaken because of growing pressures on the Council’s budgets that mean funding is no longer available to continue delivering services at the level that was envisaged when LTP was published in 2011.

 

The review of the Public Transport Strategy is part of a wider review of all areas of Wiltshire Council’s passenger transport remit (except rail and taxis). The wider review will include re-examining policy and spending in home-to-school and college transport, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and social care client transport.

As a first stage in the review, a pre-consultation exercise was undertaken during July and August 2015 to provide key stakeholders and partners (e.g. town councils and bus operators) with an opportunity to shape the scope of the review.

We are now keen to hear the views of bus users, residents, stakeholders and other interested parties to help us shape a new Public Transport Strategy. The Council has made no decisions as yet and would like to see how far you agree or disagree with the options presented in the accompanying questionnaire (see link below).

Please note this is a consultation only about subsidised bus services, which are those services that are not viable for a bus company to run without Council funding. A list of subsidised bus services is available under the ‘Supporting Documents’ tab at the bottom of the page.

Questionnaire (please click on this link to access the questionnaire) – http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/subsidised-bus-services-consultation.htm

Paper copies of the questionnaire are also available on request by telephoning 0300 456 0100. Copies of the questionnaire and Public Consultation Paper will also be available on buses operating Wiltshire Council contracted services, in libraries, and in Council offices (Monkton Park in Chippenham, Snuff Street in Devizes, Bourne Hill in Salisbury, and County Hall in Trowbridge).

Your comments need to be submitted by 5pm on 4 April 2016.

The findings of the review and public consultation will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet in the summer of 2016. It will then be necessary to design and develop detailed implementation proposals. The timescale for this will depend on the nature of the changes and the lead time necessary for their implementation.