Low level of use by students

WITH reference to Bus cut takes toll on school article in last week's edition - I write to clarify the misleading content of the article.

WITH reference to 'Bus cut takes toll on school' article in last week's edition - I write to clarify the misleading content of the article.

North Somerset Council cancelled the 'N' route contract with Axe Vale due to the very low level of use by the students. The service has been covered by existing busses at no loss of provision.

This was the only contract with Axe Vale, which used to provide a courtesy 'late run' at the end of the route. With the contract cancellation came the unfortunate loss of the historic late bus.

No secondary school receives a 'late service' and Churchill enjoyed this facility as a bonus, but it didn't provide a comprehensive or clear route.


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The �30,000 referred to would be the cost to the council to provide such a service, which clearly is cost prohibitive.

It is a shame that the 'Late Bus' will no longer be provided by Axe Vale, but you can't expect them to provide the service for nothing, and the lack of 'take-up' by students would probably make the service unviable by an operator.

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TIM MARTER

District Councillor

Banwell, Winscombe, Sandford, Loxton, Christon and St Georges

North Somerset Council

High Street

Banwell

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