At the February meeting of Bridgwater Town Council’s Transport Forum it was agreed to launch “Bus It!” – a campaign both to encourage increased bus use, and to encourage service providers to provide services which will enable all sections pf the community to travel to work, school, shops or an evening out, without having to rely on private transport.Councils in Somerset have declared a Climate Emergency and produced a Climate Emergency Strategy which aims to make Somerset carbon-neutral by 2030( ref: Somerset Climate Emergency Framework).
“Carbon emissions are a major threat to health and figures show that transport emissions are the largest contributor. We need to take individual as well as collective action to reduce our carbon footprint” Said Forum Chair, Cllr Glen Burrows (Eastover, Labour) ” the only way to guarantee bus services, under the current de-regulated system, is to use them! “Bus It” aims to work constructively with bus companies to persuade them to supply vital routes, but also to persuade people to leave their cars at home and support local buses. Let’s work together!”
The forum identified a bus link between Bridgwater Rail Station and the town centre, as well as a late night bus service from Taunton to Bridgwater as two priorities, but there are many other routes which need development.
The first meeting of “Bus It!” is on Tuesday 7th April, at 4pm, in the Charter Hall, Bridgwater Town Hall. All those interested in our aims are welcome to attend
Contact: Glen Burrows 01278 450562/ firstname.lastname@example.org