December 6, 2010
services are 'at risk in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area'
town councillor has warned this week that many bus services in
the Burnham-On-Sea area are under threat due to the County Council's
Cllr Chris Williams says six services in Burnham and Highbridge
are at risk because the council is due to announce huge cuts to
the subsidies being paid to local bus companies.
Cllr Williams, pictured below holding several bus timetables,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "If these cuts are implemented,
this could be a very difficult time for the town as thirty per
cent of residents do not have access to private transport."
He said that while no final decisions have yet been made, the
routes threatened are Service 670 (Burnham / Wells / Wookey Hole),
113 (Highbridge / Burnham / Berrow) and 102 (Puriton / Burnham
Cllr Williams believes the proposed cuts could also see Route
112 having no buses between Highbridge and Weston after 6.20pm.
Route 21A from Burnham to Taunton may no longer operate on Sundays
and after the mid-evening.
He said: "The 113 service in particular serves many estates
with elderly populations and links the railway station with two
medical services, three schools, a community hospital and the
"Furthermore, the routes from Weston being large numbers
of holidaymakers into the town from the Brean holiday camps which
would adversely affect Burnham's remaining tourist trade."
It is feared that the 20 per cent reduction to the bus service
operators' grants, which amounted to £4.8m in the whole
of the West Country last year, will also push up fares as well
as reduce services.
South West Transport Network spokesman David Redgewell said:
"Evening and Sunday services are under threat and some services
could be lost completely. These are the worst cuts for public
transport since the Beeching era."