The options

The county council has developed four potential options for how best to spend the £1.3m budget we have to subsidise bus travel.

When we developed the options we looked at a number of factors including:

  • the actual cost of the subsidy per passenger journey to taxpayers
  • the numbers of passengers and locations
  • alternative transport options, including those run by the community
  • the need to prioritise employment, education and health journeys where possible

Each option results in different changes to the subsidised bus network. 

Although no decision has been made, our preferred option is Option 1 because it protects the greatest number of current journeys for the lowest average subsidy. We want your views through the consultation on which is your preferred option.

A summary of each of the options is below. You may find that reading the frequently asked questions and the 'Have Your Say' consultation document helps you to understand all the relevant information.

PDF Document'Have your say' subsidised bus journey consultation document (1.2 MB)

Option 1

  • Revising the local subsidised bus services based on the lowest subsidy per passenger journey
     
  • Maintaining priority routes
     
  • Dial-a-Ride services would not be maintained

  • We would continue to subsidise bus journeys on 18 routes, some of which also support eligible children with home to school travel.

What would this mean?

  • More than 815,000 bus journeys would continue to be subsidised by the county council. Based on passenger numbers this option would have the least impact on the number of people currently using the services

  • The average subsidy per passenger journey would be £1.60
     
  • Where possible this option prioritises employment, health and education bus journeys
     
  • No Dial-a-Ride services would be funded by the county council
     
  • Some areas would have no access to public transport
     
  • 560,000 current journeys would no longer be subsidised by the county council.

PDF DocumentMap of subsidised routes that would be maintained if option 1 was implemented (1.2 MB)

Full list of how each journey would be affected 

Option 2

  • Revising the local subsidised bus services based on a slightly higher subsidy per passenger journey than Option 1 
     
  • Maintaining some priority routes and two Dial-a-Ride services:
    • Staffordshire Moorlands Connect
    • South Staffordshire Connect

  • Staffordshire County Council would continue to subsidise bus journeys on 10 routes, some of which also support eligible children with home to school travel.

What would this mean?

  • Around 680,000 bus journeys would continue to be subsidised by the county council

  • The average subsidy per passenger journey would be £1.80. Dial-a-Ride services would be subsidised by an average of £8.20 per passenger journey
     
  • Where possible this option continues to support some employment, health and education bus journeys
     
  • The two Dial-a-Ride services operating in Staffordshire Moorlands and South Staffordshire would be maintained
     
  • Fares for these Dial-a-Ride services would be applied
     
  • Some areas would have no access to public transport
     
  • 695,000 current journeys would no longer be subsidised by the county council

PDF DocumentMap of subsidised routes that would be maintained if option 2 was implemented (4.1 MB)

Full list of how each journey would be affected 

Option 3

  • Revising the local subsidised bus services based on a slightly higher subsidy per passenger journey than Option 1,  but maintaining fewer priority routes.
     
  • Four Dial-a-Ride services would be maintained:
    • Staffordshire Moorlands Connect
    • South Staffordshire Connect
    • Needwood Forest Connect
    • Lichfield and Rugeley Village Connect

  • Staffordshire County Council would continue to subsidise bus journeys on seven routes, some of which also support eligible children with home to school travel.

What would this mean?

  • Around 550,000 bus journeys would continue to be subsidised by the county council
     
  • Each bus journey would be subsidised by an average of £1.80 per passenger journey
     
  • Dial-a-Ride services would be subsidised by an average of £8.80 per passenger journey
     
  • Where possible this option continues to support some employment, health and education bus journeys
     
  • The four Dial-a-Ride services, Staffordshire Moorlands Connect, South Staffordshire Connect, Needwood Forest Connect and Lichfield and Rugeley Village Connect would be maintained.
     
  • The Border Car Dial-a-Ride service would no longer run
     
  • Fares for these Dial-a-Ride services would be applied
     
  • More remote areas of the county may have access to public transport
     
  • 870,000 current journeys would no longer be subsidised by the county council

PDF DocumentMap of subsidised routes that would be maintained if option 3 was implemented (4.1 MB)

Full list of how each journey would be affected 

Option 4

  • We subsidise Dial-a-Ride services only.

  • The existing Dial-a-Ride services would be maintained:
    • Staffordshire Moorlands Connect
    • South Staffordshire Connect
    • Needwood Forest Connect
    • Lichfield and Rugeley Village Connect
    • Border Car

  • Seven new Dial-a-Ride services would be introduced to provide county-wide coverage in areas where there may be limited public transport provided commercially.

  • There would be no other subsidised local bus services. Home to school travel for eligible children would still be provided.

PDF DocumentMap of subsidised routes that would be maintained if option 4 was implemented (3.7 MB)

Full list of how each journey would be affected

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