WebberBus praised for adding more bus services in Bridgwater following cuts (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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WebberBus praised for adding more bus services in Bridgwater following cuts
PEOPLE who depend on Bridgwater’s bus services have praised WebberBus for stepping in once again to fill the gaps left by First Bus cuts.
WebberBus has already put on four new bus routes to Bridgwater this month after First Bus confirmed timetable changes affecting Services 1, 2 and 3 in the town.
But a community scrutiny meeting on Monday heard how WebberBus is using its white double-decker bus service for Bridgwater College to fill even more gaps in the timetable.
Ian Tucker, ex-bus driver and councillor for Bridgwater’s Dunwear ward, has welcomed the news. He told the Mercury: “WebberBus are doing everything they can and have really been listening to people. I don’t know where we would be without them.
“The company is also looking at putting up a service for people living at the Bridge Estate, because they currently have to walk all the way to Westonzoyland Road to catch a bus.”
A heated debate at the meeting decided bus services in Sedgemoor do not meet the transport needs of the town. Around 20 people spoke at the meeting to voice their concerns over the cuts.
While representatives from Somerset County Council and WebberBus attended, the representative for First Bus couldn’t make it.
Meanwhile Wyndham Ward councillor Gill Slocombe has managed to preserve an hourly service in her ward. The route does not cover all parts of the ward but the community is working to re-instate the bus service to the Woodbury Road estate.
Cllr Slocombe said: “It is my belief that by working together with all the bus companies and the County Council we can re-instate a proper service for all of our residents in Bridgwater and surrounding areas.
“Communication is paramount if we are going to achieve the best possible solution for everyone.”
The committee requested a progress report be brought back in six months.
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