Taunton Park and Ride Saturday service is being re-instated from 2 November with buses running every 20 minutes from the sites at Junction 25 and Silk Mills.
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Somerset West & Taunton Council has been supporting the County Council and the operator Buses of Somerset with a strategy to deliver a financially sustainable model for the Park and Ride service after plans were announced to suspend it in 2018. The former Taunton Deane Borough Council stepped in with a contribution of £170,000 to keep the Park and Ride service running until September (2019).
SWT made a further provision of £135,000 in July to enable the service to continue until March 2020, and explore measures to secure its long term sustainability. This has led to the reintroduction of the Saturday service between 8.30am and 6pm until at least March 2020.
Cllr Mike Rigby, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, has told Tone News:
“I am delighted that we have been able to negotiate provision of the Saturday service for the time being. I hope that people will make good use of it and demonstrate a case for keeping the Saturday service in the long term as we work to put Park and Ride on a sound commercial footing for the future.
“Park and Ride is an efficient, cost-effective way of getting into the town centre and it helps to reduce congestion and pollution in line with our goal to become a carbon neutral district by 2030.”
More information on the Saturday service including timetables, maps and fares, will be available shortly on the Buses of Somerset website.
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