A crucial bus service that supports residents who don’t have access to a car or public transport has been expanded by the Conservatives on Somerset County Council.
Residents in Mendip, Sedgemoor, and South Somerset now have access to new services, and a new online registration form has been introduced to help potential users join up quickly and conveniently. The service is offered to anybody in Somerset who does not have access to a car or public transport, or who has a handicap that makes public transport difficult to use. It is especially beneficial to individuals who live in more remote areas.
What’s more, there is a 50 per cent fare reduction for Concessionary Bus Pass holders, and for children aged 5-16, while under-fives go free. Eligible passengers need to register first, this can be done online, and then they can simply book their journey on a phone line. Journeys to COVID vaccination appointments are also free to bus pass holders.
Building on existing services in Taunton, Wellington, Chard and Ilminster, West Somerset, key towns in Mendip and Sedgemoor, the Slinky now offers:
- More availability in the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas
- A new South Petherton, Crewkerne and Yeovil service
- An extension of the Martock service to Langport
Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “This is a vital service which fills the gaps for people living in more isolated areas of Somerset, or for those without easy access to transport.
“Rural counties like ours suffer when it comes to coverage for public transport - we are hoping to change that, we’re currently bidding for £163m from the Government’s Bus Back Better fund which will transform services in the county if we’re successful.
“But there’s always going to be a need for extra services like Slinky to ensure those who can’t easily use public transport are catered for. It’s a great service and I’d urge residents to register if you think you’re eligible.”