Published: 00:01, 05 June 2018
| Updated: 13:22, 05 June 2018
People are being asked to give their views on what rural bus services Kent County Council should keep running and support with subsidies.
The consultation comes after the authority backed away from earlier plans to slash £2 million from its budget after a storm of protest - including from many MPs.
KCC has now launched what it has dubbed "The Big Conversation" inviting views on its rural bus services, with 11 public meetings across the county.
Cllr Mike Whiting (Con), the politician in charge of the review, says the council is open to new ideas.
"We want to explore how we can improve connectivity for our rural residents and assess the viability of offering different kinds of services.
"That’s why for the next couple of months we’re meeting with all stakeholders – residents, parish councils, operators – and running our 'Big Conversation' programme to see what we could do and get feedback from the people that could run them and use them.
"Once we have explored potential ideas with the market and completed our engagement with residents we will work on developing these ideas.
"We’ll then be working with transport and technology providers to look at how we can develop new ways of delivering rural transport."
There will be 11 public meetings between 7pm and 9pm at:
Kent County Council issues over 298,000 concessionary travel bus passes for the elderly and disabled.
Around 97% of journeys in Kent are run by private operators, such as Arriva and Stagecoach, with over 50 operators covering 600 services or routes.
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