New route hope for passengers
A NEW bus route could be introduced in Portishead to help people cut off from the town centre following council cuts to services.
Portishead Town Council is working with Nailsea and District Community Transport to investigate the possibility of running a new service a few days a week to serve the South Road and Port Marine area.
The move comes after North Somerset Council cut the 692 service which runs from Nailsea to Portishead, calling at South Road and Port Marine, in April due to budget pressures.
The former 692 service has now been combined with the 660 service as part of the cash-saving measures and has become the 66 service.
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Council chiefs blamed the cut on low passenger numbers, saying only three people a day were using the service.
Portishead councillor Reyna Knight set up a working party following the cutbacks looking at ways of providing an alternative service.
One possibility being looked at is utilising the bus currently used by Nailsea and District Community Transport to run shopping trips in the town.
Mrs Knight said: "The bus already comes to Portishead to take people in to the town a few times a week.
"But in between running these journeys, the bus is empty so it is possible it could run a service around the roads that were left without a bus following the cuts by North Somerset Council.
"This has been done elsewhere in the district and has worked very well and we are investigating whether something similar can be done here."
Portishead Town Council already gives Nailsea and District Community Transport an annual grant of £10,500. The council will discuss the matter again next month.