X8A bus service and best use of Lidl 106 Funding 1

X8A bus service and best use of Lidl 106 Funding

Background and purpose North Dorset District Council (NDDC) allocated £250,957 of Section 106 Lidl store funding to provide a bus service to take people from the Lidl store into town. The purpose of the X8A is to mitigate the impact of the store on the town centre. The bus provides two journeys per hour, between 9 am and 5 pm, from Monday to Saturday from the Lidl store into the town centre. But is it being used by sufficient people to make it worthwhile? A better service or better use of funding Readers will know that the service is invariably empty, or at best carries one or two people. Bus service professionals say that a full sized single decker bus is essential to provide compatibility with the rest of the fleet and for disabled access. There is also a widely held view that the money should either be reallocated to other projects, or the route changed to bring more people into the town centre. The Town Team submitted a Freedom of Information Request in June 2018 to query the costs, usage, timetable, route and justification for the amount of money allocated to the service. While the X8A is greatly appreciated by the

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