A new bus service linking Yeovil’s Wyndham Park estate to the town centre will start operating next week.
The half-hourly service has only been made possible by the construction of a new bus gate which links Sandlewood Close with Hudson Road to reduce journey times.
This work, carried out by Somerset County Council, is now complete and South West Coaches will begin running the 68 service through Wyndham Park from Monday 4 June.
Residents of Wyndham Park will also be able to travel free on the service for the first six months. This offer is specific to this location and is being funded by the developer through the S106 obligation to encourage sustainable travel choices.
Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The new bus gate is now complete and this allows a bus service to operate in Wyndham Park for the first time.
“It is fantastic news that residents will now be able to use public transport to link up with the town centre, hospital, and destinations further afield via the bus and railway stations.”
Councillor Peter Gubbins, Chairman of Area South Committee at South Somerset District Council, added: “We are very happy to see there will be that a public transport link between key destinations in Yeovil and the Wyndham Park development. A bus service opens up opportunities for many residents to travel into the town centre and further afield to enable them to meet their daily needs.”
Peter Fairey, Operations Director for South West Coaches, said: “’We are very excited to be diverting the 68 onto Wyndham Park.
“We have been working very closely with the County Council to get the service onto the estate and we feel that the six months’ free travel is a brilliant incentive to encourage new users onto our buses. South West Coaches are really pleased to be part of such an innovative scheme.”
The bus gate will work in the same way as other bus gates in Taunton and will provide access for buses (including school buses), emergency services and bicycles only. It is not to be used by general traffic and any unauthorised vehicles passing through could receive a £60 fine.
There is no physical barrier – the gates use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to record the details of vehicles so that fines can be issued.
Somerset County Council does not make a profit from bus gates – any money from fines is used to pay for expenses and enforcement with any surplus reinvested in traffic management.
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