Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Report for councillors: Bus Route 67

Issued to:                                         Finance & Resources Committee Meeting 06/07/2020

Purpose of Report to provide details of the revenue and patronage in relation to the 67 bus



Since 2017 the Town Council has paid £5,500 towards a bus route between Burnham, Highbridge and Wedmore. The bus route is subsidised by all the parishes that it travels through.

Revenue and Patronage – 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
MonthContractCash JnysConcession JnysCash TakenConcession Fare RevenueMonthly Totals
Apr-19Burnham – Wedmore70578£213.60£1,395.03£1,608.63
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole6591218£1,362.90£2,449.27£3,812.17
May-19Burnham – Wedmore51653£168.00£1,591.79£1,759.79
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole7781341£1,696.70£2,728.20£4,424.90
Jun-19Burnham – Wedmore62559£198.60£1,337.63£1,536.23
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole6771310£1,513.40£2,711.90£4,225.30
Jul-19Burnham – Wedmore73720£258.60£1,811.03£2,069.63
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole7001417£1,734.60£2,926.09£4,660.69
Aug-19Burnham – Wedmore61577£230.60£1,341.64£1,572.24
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole4961174£1,193.70£2,052.25£3,245.95
Sep-19Burnham – Wedmore70567£209.70£1,290.14£1,499.84
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole8331202£1,676.20£2,367.13£4,043.33
Oct-19Burnham – Wedmore90574£297.90£1,454.00£1,751.90
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole8181406£1,839.80£2,814.69£4,654.49
Nov-19Burnham – Wedmore66542£225.00£1,418.23£1,643.23
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole7611310£1,662.50£2,544.21£4,206.71
Dec-19Burnham – Wedmore58477£222.00£1,301.70£1,523.70
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole6261248£1,422.50£2,571.86£3,994.36
Jan-20Burnham – Wedmore63437£219.30£1,157.02£1,376.32
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole6571117£996.00£1,929.20£2,925.20
Feb-20Burnham – Wedmore45359£141.60£900.25£1,041.85
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole515992£865.00£1,800.87£2,665.87
Mar-20Burnham – Wedmore37309£116.40£736.55£852.95
 Wedmore to Wookey Hole425903£765.00£1,750.59£2,515.59
Totals     £63,610.87

Bus Service Costs 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Parish Contributions           £18,505.00

2018/19 Surplus                  £1,374.61

Wedmore to Wells Cost                                                     

255 days @ £160.00 =       £40,800.00                                                                                                   

Saturday Service Cost                                                                   

51 days @ £235 =               £11,985.00                                       

Burnham to Wedmore Cost                                                                       

255 days @ £143.27 =       £36,533.85                                       

Trial Saturday service (Nov-Dec 2019)                                                               

6 days @ £195 =                  £1,170.00      (excluded from total)                                   

Funded by S106 monies                                                               

Total Costs:                         £89,318.85                           

Total revenue to date (including contributions)  £83,490.48

Shortfall         £5,828.37

This year the shortfall of £5,828.37 has been paid by Somerset County Council.

The contributions per parish are currently:

Name of ParishContribution for 2019/20
St Cuthbert (Out)£3,300
Burnham & Highbridge£5,500
Burnham Without£1,000
East Huntspill£1,055
Wells City Council£2,200

The data from 2018-19 shows the total number of journeys from Burnham-Wedmore was 7249, which is an average of 139 journeys a week with the average subsidy per journey being £0.69.

The data from 2019-20 shows a total number of journeys from Burnham- Wedmore was 7098 (there were reduced journeys in February and March due to COVID-19) which is an average of 136 journeys a week with the average subsidy per journey being £0.70.

Financial implications

The current budget for the bus is £5,500 and it has been paid for this year 2020-21

Policy implications

Corporate Pillar 4: Healthy and Safe Environment

The Town Council will seek to provide and enhance facilities and resources to support and develop safe and well-connected towns


It is expected that  the Town Council will be asked to increase its contribution next year and the Council might therefore consider whether it is content with the existing bus provision in order to decide whether to continue with level of subsidy.

Report author: Sally Jones, Responsible Finance Officer        

Report Date: 26th June 2020         

Records Retention Schedule

Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

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. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
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.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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