New operator for Taunton Park & Ride

A new operator has been appointed to run the Park & Ride service in Taunton.

The service is run from two sites at Gateway and Silk Mills and runs peak and off-peak buses into the town centre.

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce that The Buses of Somerset will be the new interim contractor from Tuesday 22 April, taking over from WebberBus Ltd.

The County Council has been closely monitoring the Taunton Park & Ride service for several months following complaints about late and missing buses, particularly in the evenings, and has now taken the necessary decision to change the contractor of this service.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Taunton’s Park & Ride service is vitally important to the town and we were disappointed to hear reports of poor service.

“We want the best for our customers and have taken this firm action to make sure they receive a more reliable service in the future. The Buses of Somerset will be taking over the service from Tuesday 22 April on an interim basis until a new contract can be arranged.”

WebberBus Ltd remains a key partner of Somerset County Council and will continue to operate many other commercial and contracted bus services across the county.

Park & Ride timetables are available on the Council’s website at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/public-transport/taunton-flyer-park-and-ride or you can contact Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9155.