council won't take over cost of running Saturday bus service
bus service that runs between Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea on
Saturdays has been formally axed after the cash-strapped town
council decided it would be too expensive to run.
The 113 service was saved from Somerset County Council cuts to
bus services earlier this year after 540 residents signed a petition,
as first reported here
However, Somerset County Council cut the Saturday service in response
to the feedback it received from users during its consultation
Town councillors have been told over the past week that it would
cost £7,500 a year to take over and run a full Saturday
service, comprising of two morning and two afternoon trips.
Cllr Chris Williams, pictured, who led the campaign to save the
services, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I could not recommend
spending such a large sum. I think there are better ways that
we can spend the money. At least bus users have a service from
Monday to Friday and can organise their shopping and other visits
County Council also recently withdrew funding for Burnham's evening
Route 21 service, pictured, which goes to Taunton and Bridgwater.