The Salisbury Red’s route 2 service between Devizes and Salisbury serving Shrewton is 100% subsidised by Wiltshire Council at a cost of £1.70 per passenger journey. An annual cost of £216,995 to the Council.
Abolishing this service would make a significant contribution to savings that Wiltshire Council need to make to balance their books.
Bus subsidies cost Wiltshire Council – which is to say residents of Wiltshire – £5.1m a year. This makes them a prime target for cuts.
Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for transport said: “We know how important bus services are for rural communities – especially to help people maintain their independence, however due to the pressures on local authority spending we under severe pressure to reduce the amount of budget that we spend on subsidising public transport at the level we currently do.
“We are committed to minimising any impact changes might have, especially on vulnerable people including those who are elderly, disabled and young.
“We really do want to hear from people who could be affected by any changes to the current services, and we will be doing everything we can to act on those comments.”
You can take part in the consultation by completing a simple form through Wiltshire Council’s consultation portal, paper copies can be picked up in council offices, libraries, on buses operating contracted services, or people can call 0300 456 0100 to have one posted to them.
Wiltshire Council’s consultation questionnaire on subsidised bus services can be completed online.
Consultation runs until 4 April.