THE Yeovil parliamentary candidate for the Lib Dem said residents “will be relieved that their bus service will continue”.

Adam Dance, who also is councillor for South Petherton & Islemoor, was at the Yeovil rally against the cuts to four bus routes that took place on Saturday, February 10.

He said: "I am very pleased that First Bus South and Somerset Council have together found a way to keep these important bus services running at least for the next 12 months.

“It is important for our communities and for our environment that buses are available and used by residents and visitors to the county.

"Somerset Council is in a very tricky position financially and so it is a great achievement that these bus routes have been saved.

“The residents of Yeovil, Wincanton, and surrounding areas will be relieved that their bus service will continue.

“We all have a role to play in supporting our bus services by using them when appropriate.”

Passenger groups had previously warned of any such cuts with several elderly people expressing despair at being trapped in their own locality and not able to move freely across the town.

The bus services at risk were

  • The 54, Yeovil-Taunton, including stops at Langport, Somerton, and Ilchester;
  • The 58/58A, Yeovil-Wincanton, including Sherborne, Milborne Port, Henstridge;
  • The 25, Taunton-Dulverton, including Cotford St. Luke, Norton Fitzwarren, and Wiveliscombe;
  • and the 28, Taunton-Minehead, including Bishop's Lydeard, Williton, Watchet and Dunster.