Tag Archives: buses

New school buses are green for go!

A fleet of five low-emission coaches will be hitting the roads of Somerset this week. Somerset County Council has decided to run the coaches on a number of school routes to help address a lack of competition in the market and reduce costs. Following the loss of several large bus/coach operators in recent years, particularly […]

Have your say on the future of public transport in Somerset

Somerset residents are invited to have their say on a new strategy which shapes the future of public transport provision in the county. Somerset County Council’s draft Passenger Transport Strategy sets out more ambitious aims for bus and rail travel. It strives to deliver an integrated quality bus, community transport and rail network by working […]

Council steps in following Nippybus decision to cease operating

Somerset County Council has stepped in to organise alternative transport after a local bus company ceased to operate. The Council was given no prior notice of a decision by Nippybus taken late yesterday (Sunday) to cease operating with immediate effect. Nippybus ran several school and public bus contracts as well as a number of demand […]

Replacement school transport arranged

Parents at ten schools in Somerset have been informed of new arrangements after Somerset County Council ended a school transport contract today. Alternative transport arrangements have been put in place to transport 437 students to and from the schools from tomorrow morning. This afternoon the council terminated its contract with Avalon Coaches due to performance […]

Bus route funding extended

  Emergency County Council funding for a Wells to Burnham bus service is being extended until July so work on a community-funded replacement can continue. Emergency funding for the 67 service has been in place since the collapse of Webberbus last year. It ends on 4 March but constructive discussions have been ongoing between parishes, […]

Temporary funding extended for service 67

Temporary funding for the 67 bus service has been extended to allow more time to explore potential community-led replacements. The route links Wookey Hole/Wells to Burnham-on-Sea and emergency funding from Somerset County Council has been in place since the end of May when since its operator, Webberbus, ceased trading at short notice. This funding was […]

Finding solutions together to save West Somerset buses

Somerset County Council congratulates the local communities of Porlock, Selworthy and Minehead on their initiative and determination to keep local bus services running. The ground breaking plans, the first of its kind in Somerset, have been pursued by the local parish and town councils in partnership with the Buses of Somerset and the County Council […]

Bus services could be protected following public consultation

A number of key bus routes in Somerset could be protected following a comprehensive public consultation which saw hundreds of bus users have their say. Somerset County Council asked members of the public for their views on a number of potential changes to bus services at the end of last year. More than 1,300 people […]

Have your say on the future of Somerset bus services and bus pass use

Somerset residents who use bus services subsidised by Somerset County Council are being urged to have their say on proposed changes to routes and concessionary fares. Two separate consultations have opened today (Monday 9 November) and will close on Monday 11 January 2016. If approved, they will come into effect in Spring 2016. The proposals […]

Interim funding for Mendip bus services

Somerset County Council is providing short-term funding to support Mendip buses as the commercial operator withdraws two services. First Somerset & Avon Bus Group is withdrawing the 161 (Shepton to Frome section only), and 184 (entire route). These are Monday to Saturday services. This would mean anyone wanting to travel between Shepton Mallet and Frome, […]