Buses to continue despite budget cuts

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 January 2015

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ALL bus services which are supported by North Somerset Council will continue in 2015, despite the authority facing budget cuts of £17million this year.

A new three-year contract between the local authority and its bus partners will begin on March 29.

Following a tender process, where the authority’s officers try to find the best possible deal, the council decided against cutting supported bus services but still managed to save £110,000.

Contracts have been awarded to First to operate weekday evening journeys and Sunday daytime journeys on the service A2 (previously 121) from Weston to Nailsea, stopping at West Wick, Banwell, Winscombe, Sandford, Churchill, Lower Langford, Wrington and Bristol Airport.

Crosville has been awarded contracts to operate service 105, from Worle Sainsbury’s to Weston General Hospital, on Sundays and service 103, from Worle Sainsbury’s to Asda in Weston, on weekday evenings.

Service 16, from West Wick to Weston town centre, will continue to be operated by Crosville under a new contract.

This service will also now have hourly evening journeys, with the last bus leaving Weston town centre at 9.35pm.

Crosville will operate service 4, from South Road in Weston to Hutton, commercially to an hourly timetable, resulting in an additional saving of £32,000.

New service 4A will operate hourly in Bleadon and replace the current service 83.

In Worlebury, new service 5 will provide an hourly connection with Weston town centre, Weston General Hospital and a new link to Worle.

The council’s executive member for transport, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “I’m very pleased that we have been able to maintain our supported bus services and, at the same time, achieve a budget saving.

“This has largely been achieved through partnership working between the council and local bus operators, and I hope we can continue to work together to secure the long-term future of the North Somerset bus network.”

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