Victory as bus services saved in Somer Valley

Conservative Councillors in Midsomer Norton have greeted the news that two local bus services have been saved from the threat of being withdrawn as a ‘victory for local residents’.

Somerset County Council had been consulting on plans to withdraw financial support for Saturday services on the 776 service, which runs between Midsomer Norton and Shepton Mallet, and the 424 service, which operates between Frome and Midsomer Norton via Haydon and Writhlington.

However, following lobbying by local Conservatives and bus users in the area, Somerset County Council has now said that it will continue to provide support to enable these bus services to continue operating.

Councillor Barry Macrae (Cons, Midsomer Norton North) said:

“We’re absolutely delighted with this news and are very pleased that Somerset Council listened to our genuine concerns about plans to withdraw Saturday services on these bus routes.

“Supporting and improving local bus services forms a key part of our plan to improve local transport, and Saturday services are extremely important because many people now work at the weekend, or simply want to go shopping or visit friends and family.”

Fellow Midsomer Norton Councillor Chris Watt (Cons, Midsomer Norton Redfield) added:

“These two bus services provide an important transport link between Midsomer Norton, Frome and Shepton Mallet, as well as provide a connection to the wider bus network in Somerset.

“I know that many bus users will be very relieved to hear of this news, and we’d like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation to lodge their objections and help secure this outcome for our town.”