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North Cadbury & Yarlington Parish Council

Serving North Cadbury, Yarlington & Galhampton

Somerset Bus Patnership

Dear All,

Over the past month, supporters of Somerset Bus Partnership have sent some 80 letters to the Department for Transport calling for the Bus Recovery Grant to be extended beyond April. We therefore welcome the news that the Government has finally announced the continuation of the Bus Recovery Grant through to October 2022. There has been a huge nation-wide campaign demanding the Government should continue to support bus services. Thanks to the many of you who joined with us and successfully lobbied the Government over this issue.

But our bus services in Somerset remain under very real threat. The return of passengers to buses here in Somerset has been slower than in many other parts of the country and bus operators are facing huge cost pressures with escalating fuel prices coupled with a continuing driver shortage.

Hence, we are organising a Somerset Bus Partnership meeting via Zoom for Thursday March 24 at 730pm.

The main aim of the meeting is to explore with you ideas to increase bus usage.

The meeting would also cover the following points:
An update on bus funding including the latest feedback we're hearing on Bus Service Improvement Plans and Somerset's £163 million BSIP bid.
A Bus Manifesto that we will invite for Unitary council candidates of all parties to support
(Please note Somerset Bus Partnership has been working with all Somerset's main political parties to improve bus services and is politically neutral)
Update on Somerset Bus Partnership's activities
If you would like any items added to the agenda then please do let us know.

We very much hope that you will be able to join this meeting. Zoom details below:

Time: Mar 24, 2022 07:30 PM London

Additionally, it is just a reminder that we will also share your name, email address and Parish you represent with all our representatives. If you don't want your email address shared please provide an email address you are happy to be shared or let us know.

With very best wishes

The Somerset Bus Partnership Team

Zoom Meeting

17th March 2022

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