North Somerset Council has been working to find a longer-term solution and will deploy their own minibus to the area to ensure communities have a regular transport link into the town centre.
To improve journey times and maximise capacity, the current 106 route has been split into two separate services. Community bus C1 will operate to Worlebury and community bus C2 will serve the South Road area.
The community bus is owned by the council and will be operated in partnership with Weston and District Community Transport. The service will operate approximately hourly on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).
Community buses operate at scheduled times from roadside bus stops but use minibuses instead of conventional buses. A smaller vehicle has enabled the council to reinstate a service to the Shrubbery Road area, which full-size buses have been unable to serve in recent months.
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member responsible for transport, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to find a cost-effective solution to enable us to provide a service to these communities in Weston. I hope local residents will support their new community bus services.”
Timetable information is available on Traveline at www.travelinesw.com. Paper copies of the timetable leaflet are available from Weston Library (Town Hall), the current service 106 bus or can be requested from email@example.com.
Original press release by North Somerset Council: