Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

October 3, 2005
Burnham-On-Sea bus services branded "totally unacceptable"

Bus services in Burnham-On-Sea are "totally unacceptable" and must be improved, transport pressure group Transport 2000 claimed this week.

Bus services in Burnham are 'unacceptable' according to a transport pressure groupSpeaking at Monday's meeting of the Town Council, David Redgewell, a spokesman for the national transport organisation, criticised First Group, which operates buses across Somerset, for its "totally unacceptable" operation in Burnham and Highbridge.

He highlighted the evening bus service between Burnham and Weston General Hospital as an example of a poorly served route.

Town councillor Louise Parkin agreed, saying bus services "urgently" need to be improved in the town.

"I am in full agreement with David," she said. "With so many new housing developments, we'll be needing bus services more and more. Something needs to be done."

Council leader Peter Clayton said: "The current situation is not helping the elderly, or mums with children who need to get about. It's a form of social exclusion."

Cllr Morgan added that Somerset County Council should come to the assistance of the town and improve the situation. But he added that as Burnham and Highbridge are only mentioned twice in the Transport Plan, he fears the towns are being overlooked.

The council is to pursue the issue with the County Council and also take it up with MP David Heathcoat-Amory.


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