Wells MP launches bus petition
Yesterday we reported that service 173 from Wells to Bath was not going to be withdrawn by FirstGroup. Simultaneously FirstGroup announced they would withdraw the Wells to Weston super Mare bus 126 instead. The bus service provides a vital lifeline for the communities along the Cheddar Valley including Cheddar and Axbridge. It provides public transport to Weston College and Weston Hospital.
First Group claim the service is not financially viable.
Wells MP James Heappey said he will press First Group for the numbers to show the service is loss making. Today he launched a petition to save the service. Mr Heappey says he wants as many people as possible to sign. Armed with that, he says he will pressure Somerset and North Somerset councils to step in.
In some ways the MP for Wells is in between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand as a constituency MP he wants to make sure his constituents get a decent service. He will no doubt work hard for this. But he is also a government minister and a member of the the very government that has failed to support buses in Somerset. Earlier this year Somerset County Council bid for £163m to improve rural bus services. Exactly the sort of service that the 126 is. The government offered them just £11.9m.
If you’d like to sign Mr Heappey’s petition, you can do so Here: https://www.jamesheappey.org.uk/campaigns/save-126-wells-weston-bus?fbclid=IwAR05upz-HcseL7EXN2tSk4alSCLOw5KCxK0vXuFnHemkkN0nDVl_WTipI8I