Coach firm to resurrect historical services

HISTORICAL open top bus services in and around Weston are being resurrected by a firm in the town.

From Easter onwards Crosville Motor Services will reinstate several services across the district in its vintage vehicles.

The extended services featuring open-top buses will run until September but firm boss Jonathan Jones-Pratt says their stint may be extended if there is a big pick-up from the public.

The 100, or Coastrider, service which used to be operated by Badgerline, will now run Monday to Saturday with a public holiday service as well.

The service will feature the traditional Beach Lawn route and start on Saturday. The 152 service, serving the Weston seafront and Uphill will last for 40 minutes and use a 1962 Bristol FSF half cab bus featuring both a driver and conductor.

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The 145 service, operated under the name of the Grand Pier explorer, will run along the coastal route from Burnham and operate from Monday to Sunday including public holidays.

Mr Jones-Pratt said: “We aim to offer a service for both the tourist side and the locals on this particular route as we are aware that the route will offer a tourist and commuter aspect.”

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On all of the services there will be a voucher which can be used on the Grand Pier, meaning that when a �10 family ticket is bought, �10 of ride vouchers can then be claimed on the attraction.

Mr Jones-Pratt added: “These services are being introduced to restore traditional open top bus operation along with providing a service that will allow families to enjoy their day out and leave the car at home or where they are staying accommodation-wise. We are working in partnership with the pier on offering these services and hope that the residents of Weston and surrounding areas benefit. We will also be offering ticket incentives for kids and residents such as weekly rover tickets.”

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