Rural bus service cuts

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 January 2012

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A SERVICE which takes elderly people from Somerset towns and villages to Bristol could be scrapped as part of a council's push to cut £1.5million from its bus subsidy budget.

Several services are currently under threat of being cancelled as Somerset County Council weighs up proposals to withdraw subsidised funding.

The 490 Axe Vale service from Cheddar to Bristol, which makes stops at Axbridge and Shipham may be withdrawn on Tuesday mornings.

Elizabeth Zanker, an Axbridge resident, said: “The elderly depend on this service into Bristol. For many people it is the only way to get into civilisation and big stores.”

She said older people often used the service to get to the hospital.

Other services at risk include Tuesday and Thursday Coombs Travel 491 services from Shipham to Weston and a Wednesday 831 Coombs Travel bus on the same route.

No decision on which services will have their funding withdrawn will be made until March 8 following a consultation which closed last week.

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