Consultation launched on Wiltshire bus passes

This Is Wiltshire: Consultation launched on Wiltshire bus passes Consultation launched on Wiltshire bus passes

Wiltshire residents are being asked for their views on proposed changes to concessionary bus fares from next year.

Wiltshire is the only local authority in the region which currently provides all-day concessionary passes to all eligible groups at a cost to the taxpayer of almost £4.6m a year.

The council faces significant financial pressures with reduced funding from central government, increased service demand and inflation and these pressures are likely to increase. Savings need to be made to help deliver the council’s priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local economy and bringing communities together.

John Thomson, cabinet member for transport, said: “We will continue to fund free travel for the elderly and disabled but we want people to tell us when they use the free transport and what options would work best for them so we can make savings while ensuring people can enjoy the free travel and go about their business.”

Residents and interested groups are being asked for their views on proposed changes which will mean that on weekdays Wiltshire's bus passes will be valid after either 9am or 9:30am.

The changes could save from £133,000 up to almost £300,000 from the budget over a year.

Any changes could be brought in from April 2015. The consultation is available at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council/consultations.htm and will run until September 26 2014.

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11:30am Sat 9 Aug 14

frankie007 says...

"Residents and interested groups are being asked for their views on proposed changes which will mean that on weekdays Wiltshire's bus passes will be valid after either 9am or 9:30am."

Not just his grin that's stupid then.

From the council's own web site, bus passes ARE valid from 9.30am to 11.30pm Monday to Friday & all day Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays.

So how much is this pointless consultation costing?
"Residents and interested groups are being asked for their views on proposed changes which will mean that on weekdays Wiltshire's bus passes will be valid after either 9am or 9:30am." Not just his grin that's stupid then. From the council's own web site, bus passes ARE valid from 9.30am to 11.30pm Monday to Friday & all day Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays. So how much is this pointless consultation costing? frankie007
  • Score: 16

10:27am Mon 11 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

That's the problem, he is not paid if he were he would have been the victim of a service improvement and made redundant. This clown is part of the self appointed circus of fools that receive 'allowances' - quite why is becoming more questionable.
That's the problem, he is not paid if he were he would have been the victim of a service improvement and made redundant. This clown is part of the self appointed circus of fools that receive 'allowances' - quite why is becoming more questionable. kimcrawley
  • Score: 15

10:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Morello says...

This change could save up to £300K a year out of their budget of £333million.

There's 200,000 houses in the county - the saving could be almost 30p a week for each house.

Oh it's all too much bother - just sack one of the Directors at the Council
This change could save up to £300K a year out of their budget of £333million. There's 200,000 houses in the county - the saving could be almost 30p a week for each house. Oh it's all too much bother - just sack one of the Directors at the Council Morello
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Paul Tucker says...

I've already had to wait an extra 2+ years to get a pass, which I'll get in November, so I reckon I've paid for the full service.
I've already had to wait an extra 2+ years to get a pass, which I'll get in November, so I reckon I've paid for the full service. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 4

7:41am Fri 15 Aug 14

saferroads says...

People who have bus passes and live in the rural areas of the county rely on being able to get to appointments at Hospital etc so by cutting this service before 9 will be penalizing them As many would not be able to afford the proper bus fair every day.
Get rid of the idiot who made this statement and we could keep this service after all his salary would part pay for the service.
People who have bus passes and live in the rural areas of the county rely on being able to get to appointments at Hospital etc so by cutting this service before 9 will be penalizing them As many would not be able to afford the proper bus fair every day. Get rid of the idiot who made this statement and we could keep this service after all his salary would part pay for the service. saferroads
  • Score: 2

7:43am Fri 15 Aug 14

saferroads says...

A consultation period that a joke they have made their minds up already
A consultation period that a joke they have made their minds up already saferroads
  • Score: 3

9:30am Fri 15 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

The cabinet of WC operate in a similar way to people like Ian Duncan Smith, they think that by repeating a lie over and over again the public will believe it's true. All of their service 'improvements' have been cost cutting exercises involving privatisation. Trouble is the evidence of their 'improvements' are nowhere to be seen. I live on Wood lane, a quick walk into town illustrates the failures of Balfour Beatty - the whole area has obscured road signs and is overgrown with weeds for the first time in living memory. By way of contrast the area adjacent the old school is beautifully maintained by the town council.
Go to John Coles park, it is magnificent the floral displays and overall management provide us with a vital community resource. I shudder to think what a mess Balfour Beatty would make if they were allowed to 'improve' this service. Let's face facts, Queen Jane and her cabinet of incompetents have not improved a single thing apart from their own bank balances and the profits of Balfour Beatty. It is time this nonsense was stopped.
The cabinet of WC operate in a similar way to people like Ian Duncan Smith, they think that by repeating a lie over and over again the public will believe it's true. All of their service 'improvements' have been cost cutting exercises involving privatisation. Trouble is the evidence of their 'improvements' are nowhere to be seen. I live on Wood lane, a quick walk into town illustrates the failures of Balfour Beatty - the whole area has obscured road signs and is overgrown with weeds for the first time in living memory. By way of contrast the area adjacent the old school is beautifully maintained by the town council. Go to John Coles park, it is magnificent the floral displays and overall management provide us with a vital community resource. I shudder to think what a mess Balfour Beatty would make if they were allowed to 'improve' this service. Let's face facts, Queen Jane and her cabinet of incompetents have not improved a single thing apart from their own bank balances and the profits of Balfour Beatty. It is time this nonsense was stopped. kimcrawley
  • Score: 7

5:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

frankie007 says...

saferroads wrote:
People who have bus passes and live in the rural areas of the county rely on being able to get to appointments at Hospital etc so by cutting this service before 9 will be penalizing them As many would not be able to afford the proper bus fair every day.
Get rid of the idiot who made this statement and we could keep this service after all his salary would part pay for the service.
THEY'RE NOT CUTTING ANYTHING. They're already only valid after 9.30am
[quote][p][bold]saferroads[/bold] wrote: People who have bus passes and live in the rural areas of the county rely on being able to get to appointments at Hospital etc so by cutting this service before 9 will be penalizing them As many would not be able to afford the proper bus fair every day. Get rid of the idiot who made this statement and we could keep this service after all his salary would part pay for the service.[/p][/quote]THEY'RE NOT CUTTING ANYTHING. They're already only valid after 9.30am frankie007
  • Score: 10

11:12am Fri 22 Aug 14

bertiep5ds says...

The savings are a myth. The bus drivers do not accept Wiltshire pre 9am anyway. It also assumes that those fares charged before 9.30 would be paid by the traveller. More likely the traveller would simply defer. Sack the idiot in charge and save £100k every year. His/her salary plus all the waste that person is creating.
The savings are a myth. The bus drivers do not accept Wiltshire pre 9am anyway. It also assumes that those fares charged before 9.30 would be paid by the traveller. More likely the traveller would simply defer. Sack the idiot in charge and save £100k every year. His/her salary plus all the waste that person is creating. bertiep5ds
  • Score: 1

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