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Community transport local bus consultation 2016

Status: Results available

Opens: 17 February 2016 - Closes: 24 April 2016

The Derbyshire Challenge

What this consultation is about

We wanted to know what you thought about our future plans for buses that we pay for and Dial-a-Bus shopping buses.

Background information

By 2020 the funding we get from Government will be more than a third lower than in 2010.

We're protecting frontline services and vulnerable people as much as we can, supporting businesses and the voluntary sector and protecting local jobs.

We’ve done everything we can to keep services running while our budgets are cut back year-on-year. We’ve sold off land and buildings, reduced back office costs and significantly cut the number of senior managers.

But the size of the cuts mean we have no choice about scaling back most of the services we provide - particularly when, by law, we do not have to provide them.

It'll mean many of the services we provide will change and some will stop altogether. Legally we don't have to provide subsidised local buses or community transport Dial-a-Bus shopping buses.

Like every council, we've got difficult decisions to make about the cuts but we want local people to work alongside us to make these hard choices.

What else you need to know

Most bus services in Derbyshire are run commercially without any financial support from us, but we do pay for buses where there are gaps in service. These are subsidised bus services.

The proposals

There were four proposals:

  1. To withdraw all funding for buses paid for by the council - subsidised buses - from October 2017
  2. To withdraw all funding for community transport Dial-a-Bus (DAB) 'shopping buses' from October 2017
  3. To provide a new, limited, Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service in the place of subsidised and DAB shopping buses
  4. To provide a new, limited, Door-to-Door Plus service for people who currently use DAB shopping buses and who would be unable to use the proposed DRT service.

This consultation is now closed. A report was presented to Cabinet 22 November 2016, agenda item 15.

How to take part

We are carrying out this consultation in the following ways:

  • Questionnaire - Online

Who is the consultation aimed at?

Which part of Derbyshire is this consultation aimed at?
  • All Derbyshire (excluding Derby City)
Generally, who is this consultation aimed at?
  • All

How will we let you know the results?

Feedback about this consultation will be available by the following methods:

  • Our website

Contact details


  • Economy, Transport and Communities
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • County Hall
  • Matlock
  • De4 3AG