MP backs calls for halt to Burnham-On-Sea bus service cuts
MP has this week backed calls from hundreds of concerned residents
who are opposed to possible cuts to a local bus service.
Tessa Munt says she has been contacted by many residents who are
unhappy about the County Council's possible abolition of the 113
bus service, which runs from Berrow to Highbridge station, passing
through several large estates in Burnham.
first reported here,
over 540 people have signed a petition calling on Somerset County
Council not to cut funding for the popular service.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Many older residents rely on this
service to do their shopping, and get to doctors' and dentists'
appointments. The service is popular as it is routed close to
housing which means young and old can still travel into Burnham
for essentials and stopping it would have a huge impact on the
everyday lives of many local people."
a recent meeting with the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing
Street, she raised concerns regarding the state of public transport
in rural areas.
added: "The amount of correspondence I have received about
the cuts to bus services demonstrates the strength of feeling
amongst local people who are opposed to them. They are not fair
and not necessary."
Government is making extra funding available for bus services
in Somerset, and I hope that the County Council doesn't miss the
opportunity to fund more buses as they are absolutely critical
to local residents', businesses and employees' needs."
"I am particularly concerned about the impact these cuts
to bus services will have on young people and the elderly. I would
urge everyone who is concerned about these cuts to write to Ken
Maddock, the Leader of Somerset County Council, to make their