Debbie Pemberton’s campaign to reinstate a direct bus service between Wellington and Musgrove Hospital is gathering more support by the day. “The petition is very close to 2,000 signatures now,” said Debbie. “It’s just appalling that a town this size doesn’t have direct public transport to the nearest hospital.”
Since the collapse of Webber Bus in May and the end of the 15 route to Taunton and Bridgwater, anyone wishing to travel to Musgrove by bus must take a 22 or 22A to the bus station (passing Musgrove en route) and then change to another bus for the final leg.
At the weekend’s Food Festival Debbie and supporter Allan Bell were out gathering signatures. People can also sign the petition at Teare’s newsagents and the Wellington Weekly News office.
“What made me start the campaign was sitting next to partially-sighted lady of 90 who was in tears at the difficulty of getting to Musgrove for an urgent appointment. Not everyone can manage the walk from the stop at Somerset College to the hospital,” said Debbie.
The situation regarding a new or amended route to serve the hospital is due to be discussed at the Wellington Town Council meeting on September 5th.