voice concern over 'unacceptable' bus service in Burnham area
of irate residents have attended a public meeting to voice their
concerns about 'unacceptable' problems with bus services in the
regarding services from Burnham to Weston were raised during a
packed public meeting held in Brean Village Hall at the weekend,
which was also attended by Burnham's MP Tessa Munt and three senior
staff from First Bus.
MP chaired a lively exchange between the 60 residents who questioned
recent changes and quizzed
the managers on a variety of concerns for over an hour and a half.
asked about short-notice changes to timetables which affect
students and pensioners alike, high fares charged for journeys
between Burnham, Brean and Weston - which it was claimed are amongst
the most expensive in the country - and cuts to peak-time services
in September and March, when the area is busy with tourists.
would-be passengers also claimed that First Bus drivers regularly
don't stop to allow them onboard, leaving them standing at the
bus stop for up to two hours.
the meeting, Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Its
completely unacceptable that passengers are left at the roadside,
that bus drivers cant advise or direct passengers because
they dont know the areas in which they are sent to work,
and that in an area which is so dependent on tourism, public transport
does not reflect the needs of local businesses and the local residents
who work with them."
expect to hear from the bus company within the next few days,
at which time I will write to all those who attended the meeting
and any others who expressed an interest in knowing what will
happen next. Im pleased to have had a chance to try to improve
added: "Several residents of Brean, Lympsham and Berrow,
and Joan Jackman of Brean Parish Council raised problems about
local bus services with me during my village surgeries. I am pleased
that First Bus sent three of its senior staff to listen to local
people. It was clear from their responses that First Bus recognises
it has to make significant improvements."
firm has agreed to meet with residents again in six months' time
to review the company's progress.