There is no chance of a direct Wellington to Musgrove bus service being restored. That was the blunt message town clerk Greg Dyke delivered to councillors this week following a meeting with county officials and Buses of Somerset.
Last month campaigner Deb bie Pemberton presented a petition with over 3,000 names requesting the restoration of the Musgrove route to Wellington mayor Bob Bowrah.
“It was disappointing news but not surprising. Buses of Somerset don’t do anything unless they are paid or subsidised to do it,” said Cllr Andy Govier. An earlier town council meeting had been told that BoS would require over £50,000 a year to run extra evening services to Wellington.
“All we can do as a council is publicise the alternatives that are available,” added Cllr Govier.
Cllr John Thorne said he doubted how many people knew that the Wivey Link minibus makes four journeys a day to Musgrove. The Slinky service is another alternative.
Similarly the meeting heard that few bus passengers knew that if a passenger bought a ticket to Taunton from Wellington, there was no extra charge for the second leg from bus station to hospital.