sign petition in Burnham to save 'lifeline' bus service from the
of people have signed a petition to save a 'lifeline' bus service
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge which looks set to be axed due
to council financial cuts.
Somerset County Council's consultation on the proposed cuts runs
until Monday January 11th, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
Service 113, which runs from Highbridge to Berrow on five return
journeys per day and is operated by Hatch Green Coaches, is set
to be withdrawn.
A council spokesman said: "Other public bus routes are available
within walking distance and a slinky service is also available
in the area."
people in Burnham and Highbridge have signed the petition organised
by bus user June Gibson, pictured with fellow user Patty Shinn.
June, who travels daily on the bus between Burnham and Highbridge,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There's a lot of support to halt
these cutbacks. The 113 bus service is used by people of all ages
who say it is a lifeline to keep them moving."
"The Hatch Green bus is the only service that collects people
from the local estates - Morland, Rosewood and along Love Lane
- and runs regularly between Burnham and Highbridge. It's also
the only bus that connects with Highbridge Railway Station. It
would be terrible to lose it."
She added: "I'm pleased to have collected 600 signatures
and I just hope we can persuade the County Council to reconsider
Another local service affected is Service 67 which runs from
Burnham-On-Sea to Wookey Hole and is operated by WebberBus, pictured
council's proposal is to withdraw its funding contribution, thereby
requiring the service to be run on a fully commercial basis, which
could put its future at risk.
The proposed cuts come as the county council tries to adjust
its budget with an expected loss of 20% from its current Government
funding by 2019.
find out more about the consultation before the deadline on January
11th and have your say, go to the councils website here.
added: "I thank all the shops in Burnham who supported us
by allowing the surveys to be placed in their businesses."
big thank you also goes to all those who have either signed the
petition or got in contact with the council direct to encourage
them to re-think their plans."