– Marc Reddy, Regional Director First Group
There's alternatives that people can make including community accessible transport provided by various local authorities.
I want to work with Dorset County Council to see if there's some way that we can jointly fund some of these changes to make them more viable.
More than one 150 angry bus users in Weymouth packed a meeting last night to argue about proposed changes to bus routes in South Dorset.
First Bus plans to stop routes 5, 5A and 4B from March 24. But local residents said the move would leave many elderly and infirm people isolated in their own homes. The bus operator blames tough economic times on the decision.
It also says that the money the company receives from the concessionary fare scheme is less than forty per cent of the actual journey price. Fuel rebate has also been reduced so it's been left with no option unless Dorset County Council steps in to subsidise these routes.
The meeting was called by South Dorset MP Richard Drax who had been contacted by many of his constituents unhappy with the decision to axe routes.
The Prime Minister today defended changes to the south's coastguard helicopter search and rescue service, saying they would improve average response times by 20%.
Dorset MP Richard Drax asked David Cameron to step in to save the Portland coastguard helicopter base, which is due to close by 2017.