bus service looks set to end from December 31st
long-running Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge bus service is set be
axed at the end of the year unless local users force a last-minute
re-think by Somerset County Council.
67 - which runs through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to Wookey
Hole and was previously operated by the now-defunct firm WebberBus
- is set to be withdrawn.
here in October, an emergency contract was put in place by the
County Council with Bakers Dolpin following the demise of WebberBus
to keep the service running.
that contract expired at the end of November and a further, final
extension is in place only until December 31st.
council says that due to "financial challenges" it will
not be able to extend the emergency contract beyond then, meaning
the service will cease to operate after December 31st.
one user, Racheal Cotton, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "This
is a vital bus service for many so I would urge people to write
to the council, supporting its value to them, their family and friends."
can be sent to Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council cabinet
member for highways and transport, at County Hall, Taunton, TA1
Main, public transport manager from Transporting Somerset at SCC,
said: "We are holding a consultation for the passengers who
use this service, we hope to be able to gather data on where the
demand is across this route which may enable us to look at smaller
and more sustainable solutions for some areas affected by this service
council says no bus operators have expresed an interest in taking
on the 67 service. "We have done our best but unfortunately
no operators want to run these routes because they are not viable,"
said Cllr David Fothergill.
"The Councils financial position is well-documented,
with falling funding and increased costs, and we cannot afford to
carry on paying this extra money for these routes."
will do what we can to assist communities if they have ideas for
alternatives, for example through community car share schemes or
changing the areas covered by Community Transport schemes."
have appeared on the bus informing passengers of the impending withdrawal.