Wiltshire residents can give views on bus fares

Wiltshire residents can give views on bus fares

Wiltshire residents can give views on bus fares

First published in News

WILTSHIRE residents can give their views on proposed changes to concessionary bus fares aimed at saving six-figure sums from the county budget..

Wiltshire is the only local council in the region that provides all-day concessionary passes to all eligible groups.

But the service costs about £4.6m a year and the council says it needs to make savings.

Cllr 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 other interested groups are being asked for their views on proposed changes which would mean that on weekdays bus passes would be not be valid until after either 9am or 9.30am.

The changes could save between £133,000 and £296,000 from the budget, depending on which time is adopted.

The consultation is available at wiltshire.gov.uk/council/ consultations.htm until 26 September.

Any changes could be brought in from April next year.

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