Burnham-On-Sea's route 67 bus will continue until March 2017
funding for Burnham-On-Sea's route 67 bus service has been further
extended to allow more time to explore potential community-led replacements,
it has been confirmed this week.
first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the route links Wookey
Hole and Wells to Burnham-On-Sea and emergency funding from Somerset
County Council has been in place since the end of May when since
its operator, Webberbus, ceased trading at short notice.
funding was due to end on 31st December but will now be extended
until 4th March, the council announced on Thursday.
is to allow continued talks between the County Council, parishes
and communities about possible options for some form of replacement
service. From 3rd January, 2017 the service will continue to be
provided by Bakers Dolphin.
"The response from the community has been considerable and
we welcome that," Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member
for Highways and Transport, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"We are extending the emergency funding to see if talks can
be turned into tangible, community-driven options for a replacement
service of some kind."
"There are still no commercial operators willing to take on
the service and we cannot continue to pay these additional costs
in the long-term. However, we want to make sure there is time to
properly explore any options that might to some extent fill the
The County Council spends around £1.6m subsidising bus services
across the county. It also funds the Slinky service and financially
supports demand responsive Community Transport schemes by covering
half the cost of fares for journeys made using concessionary bus
Burnham stage of the service will now also be retained - even though
a timetable was published by the council earlier this week showing
it would start and end at Highbridge Railway Station, as we reported