Early morning Weston bus service to be reinstated

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By Prue_Reid | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:08

AN EARLY morning bus service between Weston and Sand Bay – relied upon by commuters – has been reinstated following pressure from local residents.

Bus operators First and Crosville cancelled the early morning services 1 and 100 saying they were not viable during the winter months.

The move meant that the first buses from Sand Bay into the town centre leave at 9.30am, making it difficult for residents to get into work and college.

Now following concerns from local residents, North Somerset Council has agreed to fund an 8am service on a temporary basis starting in the new year from Monday January 7.

The council identified emergency funding to run the service during the winter month until the services become commercially viable again in the Spring

North Somerset Council executive member for transport Elfan Ap Rees said: ""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."

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