Six bus routes cancelled in Weston-super-Mare
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There will be fewer buses running in Weston from mid-April, as Crosville has announced six of its services will be completely cancelled.
Increased competition offering cheaper bus fares and a loss of subsidised support from North Somerset Council has led to six bus services being axed.
Crosville Motor Service’s chairman Jon Jones-Pratt says there are no plans to make any staff redundancies, as some areas of the business will grow.
But, the company’s 103 service – which links West Wick, Worle, Mead Vale, Weston town centre, the Bournville estate and Locking Castle – and its 107 service – which links Worle, Weston town centre, the Oldmixon estate and Weston General Hospital – will stop running on April 17.
Four more routes – the N3, 5, 16, and 14 services which run throughout Weston, West Wick, Locking Castle and Worle – will also be cut from April 30.
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Mr Jones-Pratt said: “I want to say thank you to the people of Weston, as well as the support from local businesses that have made operating these services in Weston so special.
“It is with very deep regret that this decision has been made.
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“The ever-changing market and operating conditions we witness have had a severe impact.
“Over the years, Crosville has aimed to provide a stable network to Weston and it has seen some wonderful years. Sadly, with increased competition, ticket fare reductions and loss of subsidised support, it was necessary to make tough decisions.”
In Weston, Crosville will continue to run its 100 Coastrider service – from Sand Bay to Regent Street – its 106 service which goes from Worlebury to Regent Street and its 4/4A route, which runs between Hutton and the town centre.
It will also continue to run is 111, 112, 113, 114, 62, and 66 services, which serve a range of villages and towns outside of Weston including Bridgwater, Clevedon, Yatton and Burnham.
Mr Jones-Pratt added: “While the cancellations are evidently a blow to the operation, the future is very much promising and will continue to be progressive as we have always hoped.”
A spokesman from the council said some of the Crosville services are not subsidised by the authority, and added: “Services 103 and 107 operate in direct competition with First and service 5/105 will also face competition from late March when First reintroduce their service 5 on the route.
“As part of the council’s ongoing budget savings, we have taken the decision to either withdraw or not renew funding for the following contracts: 100 – one early-morning journey, 14 – minor diversions to the route, 103 – evening journeys on the route, 105 – minor diversions to the route and 105 – Sunday journeys.”