The campaign to restore a direct bus link from Wellington to Musgrove hospital took another step forward when the town council discussed the issue and agreed to seek an urgent meeting with First Bus and Somerset County Council’s transport section.
“it’s appalling that we don’t have a regular daytime bus service to Musgrove,” said Cllr Ross Henley. “What an indictment of our society that we don’t have a bus service to our local hospital.“
Cllr Andy Govier warned the meeting that First are difficult company to negotiate with. “There’s a bad track record in dealing with them,” he said.
The meeting agreed that the collapse of Webber Bus earlier this year had left a gaping hole in the town’s public transport network.
Speaking as a member of the public Allan Bell suggested that a solution might be to have the 22 and 22A service alternate with a call into Musgrove, thus keeping a hospital bus link to Tonedale and Rockwell Green.
“The elderly and unwell can’t be expected to take four bus journeys to keep a brief appointment at Musgrove,” said Mr Bell.