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‘Bus It’ bonus as £2 single bus fare in Somerset is extended to the summer

Bus users in Somerset can now travel on most routes in the county and beyond for just £2 until July.

The major fare cut is part of a national initiative funded by the Government aimed at boosting bus use while helping passengers to save money. It was introduced in January and was originally due to end on 31 March.

Now thanks to further funding it will continue for an extra three months, until 30 June. It’s welcome news for people in Somerset as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, fuelled in part by high petrol and diesel prices.

The £2 single fare is available from all participating operators, which includes Somerset County Council. The initiative will apply to the majority of routes in Somerset until 30 June. You can check here  https://www.somerset.gov.uk/busit to see which operators are involved in the scheme.

It’s worth remembering that the initiative applies to cross-county services, which means for example you can travel from Street to Bristol for just £2.

Somerset County Council and the Somerset Bus Partnership have launched the ‘Bus It’ campaign to encourage more people to use bus services at a time when some routes are under threat due to lack of use. It’s hoped the new £2 fare will provide a major boost to patronage and support these aims.

The 13 operators involved in the scheme are:

  • ATWEST
  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Community Transport (South West) Ltd
  • FromeBus
  • Libra Travel
  • Mendip Community Transport
  • Somerset County Council   
  • Dartline
  • Faresaver Buses
  • First South West (Buses of Somerset)
  • First West of England
  • Hatch Green Coaches
  • South West Coaches

Cllr Mike Rigby, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Digital said: “The £2 fare is vital in helping us encourage more people to choose the bus. I wrote to the Secretary of State requesting this extension so it’s great news that this has been extended.

“If we’re going to make bus travel attractive we have to start with making fares attractive. Getting on the bus makes supports our climate change objectives, it could well save you money, and it’s the best way to help preserve bus routes.”

Visit https://www.somerset.gov.uk/busit to find out about ticket deals and calculate how much you could save.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge

 

Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
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