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Review of KCC Funded Bus Services

Consultation Feedback

Thank you for taking the time to give us your views on the KCC Bus Funding Review consultation.  Following the closure of the consultation on 15th May, the Council has analysed responses and made recommendations, which were taken to KCC Environment and Transport Cabinet on 8th July.  KCC Members approved the recommendations and the majority of the proposals consulted on are due to be implemented in September and October. 

The full consultation analysis report, a summary of responses and the outcomes, and the updated overarching Equality Impact Assessment are available to view from the 'Consultation Summary' section below.

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Original Consultation Text 21 March to 15 May 2016

Introduction

Bus services across the UK were privatised in 1985.  Since then, many routes in Kent have been run by commercial bus companies, such as Arriva or Stagecoach. 

But not all of Kent’s bus services are run on a purely commercial basis.  Kent County Council (KCC) currently spends £6.4 million subsidising some routes which, while not commercially viable, are considered important to the needs of the communities and passengers they serve. 

What we are proposing

We have worked hard to protect these subsidies, but as central government funds have been reduced we’ve had to make savings.  We have already saved over £1million by working with bus operators to re-plan routes, renegotiating better contracts and through a greater use of Community Transport operators.  However, we still need to reduce our spending further in the next financial year. 

To help us do this a series of changes have been identified for 17 subsidised services.  While our approach seeks to protect those bus services where the impact on passengers is greatest, we do understand that any changes may have an adverse impact on existing bus passengers and we need you to tell us how the proposed changes may affect you.   

Find out more

The Consultation Document provides information on:

  • Our approach to making these savings
  • The services that might be affected 
  • How the final decision will be made 

We have carried out an initial Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) on the Council’s scoring approach and draft EqIAs for each of the services identified for change - these are available to view by clicking here.

Timetables for the 17 routes are available by clicking here.  These show the journeys currently subsidised by KCC and affected by the consultation.  

The Consultation Document is also available in Easy Read and Word formats. All of the consultation documentation is available to download from the 'Consultation Documents' section below. 

Have your say

Your views will be essential in helping us to make a final decision. Council Members will take them into account alongside bus surveys and EqIAs when making a final decision. 

Please tell us your views by filling in the online questionnaire, which can be found under the 'Respond to this Consultation' section below.

Alternatively, print and complete the consultation questionnaire at the back of the Consultation Document and return using the Freepost address: Freepost, KENT COUNTY COUNCIL BUS FUNDING REVIEW. 

This consultation will run for eight weeks, from Monday 21 March to Sunday 15 May 2016 (inclusive).

Alternative Formats

There is an Easy Read version of the consultation document. To request hard copies or for any other formats or languages, please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or telephone on 03000 421553 (text relay service 18001 03000 421553).  This number goes to an answer machine, which is monitored during office hours.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Review of KCC Funded Bus Services
Description Kent County Council subsidises around 3% of bus journeys in Kent. Find out why we need to reduce our funding, and tell us how this could affect you.
Dates From 21 Mar 2016 at 00:00 to 15 May 2016 at 23:59. The results were published on 10 Aug 2016.
Status Complete
Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic General interest, Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms, Other survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

If you require any further information about the proposed changes before responding to the consultation please contact us at public.transport@kent.gov.uk.  

Alternative Formats To request hard copies or for any other formats or languages, please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or telephone on 03000 421553 (text relay service 18001 03000 421553).  This number goes to an answer machine, which is monitored during office hours.