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Council steps in to save bus service

An important commuter service between Sand Bay and Weston-super-Mare town centre will run again from January after North Somerset Council stepped in to save it.

Due to a lack of commercial viability during the winter months, both First (Service 1) and Crosville (Service 100) have discontinued their early morning services from Sand Bay to Weston. This means that their first buses into the town leave at around 9.30am.

Following concerns from local residents, the Council has now agreed to fund an 8am service on a temporary basis which will run from January 7 and be operated by First.

In the winter, the bus companies cut their services as there is less demand. Getting rid of the first service of the day though puts many residents in difficulties if they use it to get to work and college.

Ironically, both bus companies are still offering a return service at 5.30pm but that is little help to those wanting to get to work or college in the first place.

We would encourage as many people as possible to make the most of this early morning service as we cannot continue to fund it on a permanent basis. Only by people using the buses can they ensure it continues long term.

– Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council

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