November 6, 2014
Anger over council's plan to axe 'vital' Burnham to Weston bus service

Bus users and councillors in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week reacted with anger to the news that a 'vital' service is set to be axed.

Somerset County Council has announced that it plans to withdraw the 102 service which runs from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare via Burnham, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, East Huntspill and East Brent, as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

The council says it "wants to improve efficiency and value for money for the tax payer." If approved, the service will be axed from May 2015.

Users have been urged to have their say on the controversial changes during a consultation period that runs until 29th December.

Highbridge councillor Cllr Chris Williams, pictured, told "It would be a blow to lose this service - cuts like this are unwelcome."

"I would urge all those affected by the proposed withdrawl of the 102 service to respond to the consultation. When the 113 bus service was threatened three years ago a 570-signature petition managed to get it retained."

"Year by year we are seeing public transport reduced below an acceptable minimum. The 'slinky' service, funded at its present level, may be unable to respond satisfactorily."

"Although an alternative route between Weston and Burnham and Highbridge will remain, some villages north of Burnham will end up with no service whatsoever and these parish councils and current service users also need to make their views known as soon as possible."

However, Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, defended the plans.

He told "The ongoing and harsh reality we face as a County Council is that our Central Government funding to run local services is being reduced, which leaves us no option but to review all our services."

"These plans are about making our supported bus services more effective, particularly where there are currently low levels of passenger use."

"We need as many people as possible who use these bus services to come forward and have their say before the consultation closes on Monday 29 December."

The results of the consultation will be presented to Somerset County Council’s Cabinet to assist them in making a final decision on any service changes to be introduced in May 2015.

Readers can complete the consultation online here or can receive a hard copy by calling the council direct on 0845 3459 155.

Pictured: A map showing the route of the 102 bus service which is in jeopardy and, top, Cllr Chris Williams who is keen to see it saved

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