County Council threat to bus services

Somerset County Council are starting a consultation with residents who use subsidised bus services. Two separate consultations have opened today (Monday 9th November) and will close on Monday 11th  January 2016. When our county council say “consultation” you can probably take that as a euphemism. They would like to close these services down.

Unless there is significant opposition to withdrawing the services they will be cut in Spring 2016.

All the routes below receive a public subsidy and have been identified for change either because of the current low level of passenger use or there are other transport services available on other days of the week.

Here are the services under threat:

16: Langport – Bridgwater (Saturday service only)

29: Wells – Street – Taunton

38: Huish Episcopi Extension

51: Stoke St. Gregory – Taunton (Saturday service only)

81: South Petherton – Yeovil

N9: Martock – Yeovil

The results of the consultation will be presented to Somerset County Council’s Cabinet and will be used to assist Councillors on reaching a decision.

For full details of both consultations, and to complete the separate consultations online, please visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/bussubsidysurvey and www.somerset.gov.uk/concessionaryfareconsultation.

Printed versions of both consultations are also available. Please phone Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 for more information.

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