praises 'people power' in saving Burnham-On-Sea bus service
and Highbridge's MP says the county council's decision to halt
plans to scrap a vital bus service in the area demonstrates how
'people power' can work.
first reported here
last week that Somerset County Council had decided not to axe
the 113 bus service - which runs from Berrow to Highbridge station,
passing through several large estates as well as local doctors
surgeries, following a campaign by hundreds of residents.
Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "This is fantastic,
I'm absolutely delighted. It is a fine example of how people power
and a strong bit of teamwork can make things happen."
saw dozens of people and had hundreds of letters and emails about
this bus service and even Norman Baker, the Minister for Transport
is well aware of the impact that cutting this bus service would
have had to people living and working in Highbridge, Burnham,
Berrow and the surrounding areas."
government has made extra money available to relieve the pressure
on County Council bus budgets so that services such as the 113
could be saved."
council said it fully considered the views of Burnham and Highbridge
residents in coming to the decision that it will continue funding
for the 113 bus service, apart from on Saturdays.
service had been earmarked for the axe as part of cash-saving
proposals, however, as we first reported here,
more than 540 residents across Burnham and Highbridge signed a
petition urging the council to re-think the plans.