Cash runs out for bus route in Burnham-on-Sea

PUBLISHED: 10:01 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 27 October 2016

A bus route in Burnham will have to be scrapped.

A bus route in Burnham will have to be scrapped.

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One of Burnham-on-Sea's bus routes will have to be scrapped at the end of the year after Somerset County Council decided to withdraw its funding.

Emergency funding has helped cover the costs of the 67 service, from Wookey Hole and Wells to Burnham, since the key operator ceased trading at short notice back in May.

The current contract for this route expires next month and the council has said no new operators are currently interested in taking it on.

However, it is possible for the service to continue running for the rest of the year but emergency funding will not be renewed after December 31 and the service will then end.

Councillor David Fothergill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have done our best but unfortunately no operators want to run these routes because they are not viable.

“The council’s financial position is well-documented, with falling funding and increased costs, and we cannot afford to carry on paying this extra money for these routes.

“We will do what we can to assist communities if they have ideas for alternatives, for example, through community car share schemes or changing the areas covered by community transport schemes.”

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