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Bus Service Act 2017 - update here after meeting with council officers late May
previous update, 26.10.2016

A positive route forward for Wiltshire's buses??

Management overview - objectives and direction of option 24/7

1. A/The Wiltshire Community Bus Partnership

2. Long term goal - a vibrant integrated local public transport network for Wiltshire

3. Community Information and Expertise Community support right through and beyond delivery

4. Who we are. Community area partnerships, public transport users (who often have strong expertise) and seasoned public transport promoters.

5. Case studes. Where has this worked? Look to London, Poole, Essex, Torbay. Keep an eye on places like Newport and Cornwall too, and recent work under total transport pilot scheme work (e.g. South Gloucester, Dorset)

6. Develop new markets - tourism, commuters, the young in place of "Dad's taxi", and don't rely on just a dwindling current user base.

7. Financial objective - an overall network with a dramatically reducing subsidy requirement for a strong increasing passenger flow without significant loss of provision.

* The mechanisms are on the option24/7 web site

* We are looking to do this with the experts at the Passenger Transport Unit, our own team, bus operators, and contract experts brought in where required, in an environment of openness and trust.

For the immediate future, we look to (a) ask people to write in support on the open consultation and (b) we seek to brief the PTU and others; potential date - early evening on Monday 29th Febtuary 2016, venue to be arranged.

As at 23.1.2016 Support from ... Trowbridge, Corsham, Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham, Westbury, Pewsey, Rode, Frome, Bedwyn, Warminster, Salisbury, Atworth, BaNES. Publicised by people in Chippenham, Hilmarton, Everleigh, All Cannings, Maiden Bradley, Malmesbury, Leigh, Seend and Shalborne. Extra write-in responses in support from Bratton, Devizes, Marlborough and South Wilts. Probably more we don't know about too

Learn About Options

The Wiltshire Council subsidised bus consultation ran until 4th April 2016 and archive copies can be found on our links page. Read the government's proposal as it currently stands: First draft. Take a look at Michelle Donelan's thoughts on Option 24/7: Chippenham MP's response.

Our Recommended Action

If you support the suggestions from Michelle Donelan MP, from central government, and from ourselves, we suggested consultation responses that include your indication of that support in answer to question 25. Enough people did so (thank you) for our suggestion to come to the notice of the consultation team.

Let Us Know Your Interest

We want to hear from you too. Please fill in our form to let us know your thoughts, suggestions, and if you responded to the council's bus subsidy consultation. Response Form

Spread the Word

Please ask your friends, family, colleagues and fellow travellers to take an interest too! If you're in any doubt about something, please use the contact form to get in touch; we'll be happy to answer you by email, or on Facebook or Twitter. And if your question has common interest, we'll add it to our Frequently Asked Questions.