The Number 10 bus linking Milverton and Langford Budville to Wellington has been saved. Ian Stock, chairman of Wellington Business Association, was told of the reprieve after writing to Somerset councillor Harvey Siggs to emphasise the importance of the route to local businesses.
Mr Siggs replied: “We are aware of the importance of this service and intend to replace all of the journeys on this service between Langley Marsh and Wellington – with the exception of the 0722 Langley Marsh to Wellington School journey which we understand only carries three passengers.
“We are unable to fund the replacement of the full service beyond Wellington to Taunton as there are already a significant number of commercial bus service journeys between these towns.”
Somerset plans to announce which company will run the service and publish the new timetable early next week.
The WBA emphasised in its letter to the county council that many Wellington retailers and services such as doctors and dentists have many clients on outlying routes.
“Rural bus services are vital for the well-being of communities from a social cohesion and business perspective. They enable those without their own transport to make the all important journeys to shops, to the doctors and other health providers, and to take advantage of facilities, meetings and groups that do not exist within their immediate locality,” the WBA chair wrote.
“From a business perspective, people from these outlying villages visiting Wellington for shopping or the enjoyment of other amenities helps to maintain the variety of independent retailers that we enjoy within Wellington; thereby contributing to the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre.”