MP welcomes news that bus service's future is safe
MP has this week welcomed the news that a key bus service between
Wells and Burnham has been saved fron the axe and will run until
at least March 2018.
The 67 service was due to end last Friday (21st July), but after
months of meetings and discussions between Somerset County Council
and eight parishes along the bus route, an agreement has been reached
as reported here that
will see the parishes meet much of the running costs.
The 67s previous operator Webberbus went out of business in
May last year. And since then it has been kept going with emergency
Council funding which has allowed the work on a community-funded
replacement to carry on.
the new agreement the service will continue with no change to the
timetable. Crosville Motor Services will be running the Burnham-On-Sea
to Wedmore section and Mendip Community Transport will run the Wedmore
to Wells section.
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Im
delighted that the 67 has been saved. Parish councils along the
route have contributed to the subsidy required and the county council
has made some further funds available too."
will be great news for those who use the bus and will make sure
a vital link between Wells and Burnham-On-Sea remains open."
"Councils at all levels will now want to make sure that the
number of people using the bus continues to justify their investment.
Many people have campaigned for the route to be saved, now that
it is, I hope theyll all use it."
The parishes which are part of the agreement are: Wells, Wedmore,
Wookey, St Cuthbert, Mark, East Huntspill, Burnham Without and Burnham
now and March 2018, Somerset County Council and the parishes will
be looking at the long-term viability of the arrangements, which
will depend to a large extent on how well used the service is.
and Highbridge Town Council recently pledged to give £5,000
towards keeping the service running, as we first reported