Why are buses so important for Frome and the villages?
For so many, a bus is the only form of transport available. Even in homes that have a car, one or more members of the household often don’t have access to it as someone else is using it. So to avoid being isolated in market towns and rural villages, very many people are reliant on public transport, and for most, that’s the bus.
But it’s hard to make rural buses pay, so we need to encourage as many people in communities where there is a bus service to ‘BUS IT’ as often as possible to try and ensure those services continue.
I have battled alongside bus campaigners in Frome and the villages to win subsidies from Councils to maintain the midweek evening 267 bus. I am grateful that Frome, Beckington, Rode and Norton St Philip Councils have agreed to step in and make up the shortfall in funding so the service will carry on through to September.
We now need to try and ensure the bus service continues later this year. As this recent BBC report shows so many people depend on the Frome/Bath 267. We got national coverage from the BBC when they used our 267 bus subsidy cuts to demonstrate what is a national problem.