WebberBus local services to and from Rockwell Green, Wellington, Taunton and Bridgwater and all other routes in the region operated by the company have ceased to operate with immediate effect due to the company experiencing ‘financial difficulties’. It is believed that up to 100 employees – including drivers and administrative staff – could lose their jobs as a result
Somerset County Council has made arrangements to ensure that WebberBus routes are covered and replacement services arranged. Routes12 and 15 from Wellington to Taunton and Bridgwater will be covered by First services 21/21A and 22/22A, and extra capacity will be provided where necessary.
WebberBus is a family-run company with its main depot in Bridgwater. As well as operating more than a dozen bus routes it provides services for six schools and four colleges in the region.
Somerset County Council said that it had been informed of the suspension of WebberBus services and affected schools and colleges were being contacted. Parents of students will be sent texts informing them of new arrangements where they have opted into the text alerts.
Councillor David Fothergill, who is responsible for highways, said: “WebberBus is by some distance the second largest operator in the county and organising replacement services at very short notice is a significant task. We put our contingency plans into action immediately and are doing everything we can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum in what is a very difficult situation.”
WebberBus opened a new out-station on Ryelands Business Park, Rockwell Green, in January 2016, creating 16 new driver opportunities alongside supervisory and cleaning roles. It announced an expansion of bus services to the local community at that time.
Information about all WebberBus replacement services can be found on Somerset County Council’s website