Number 27 WebberBus 'leaving Creech St Michael passengers stranded'

Prospective conservative MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow, who lives nearby, with some of the residents at the Creech St Michael bus stop.

Prospective conservative MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow, who lives nearby, with some of the residents at the Creech St Michael bus stop.

First published in Somerset

A MOTHER claims a bus service which her son uses to get to school is causing her ‘a big headache’ because it doesn’t turn up.

Jenny Hurley, of Creech St Michael, said the number 27 WebberBus which picks up in Hyde Lane and heads into Taunton regularly leaves people stranded and she said she has had enough.

Her son, Matthew, 17, uses the bus to get into Taunton so he can go to Richard Huish College but Jenny said there have been occasions when he has been stuck at the stop for two hours.

She said: “I could understand when we had the floods and when it’s winter and there are going to be difficulties, but this is happening all the time.

“I am trying to make my son independent but the buses are just not showing up – all I want is a service we are paying for.”

Jenny said her son and a friend waited by the bus stop next to Mecca Bingo in Taunton for two hours but the two scheduled buses did not turn up, meaning she had to drive into town to collect them.

She said: “This cannot go on and it is not just me, it is all the other people stuck at the bus stop who are affected – it needs to be addressed in a big way.”

“There is all this building of houses in Creech and we do not have a decent bus route.”

Another passenger, June Chandler, 83, who had been standing outside in the cold for an hour waiting for the next bus, added: “It happened to me twice last week.

“Everyone who has an appointment gets to the bus stop two hours early to allow for this. It’s hopeless.”

Tim Gardner, managing director at WebberBus, said the firm has had a number of difficulties with the number 27 over the last few months and has now made it a “stand-alone” service.

Mr Gardner added: “The recent flooding has affected traffic flow and we have been experiencing more conges-tion than normal in the Taunton areas.

“However, with the A361 re-opening we should soon start to see vast improvements to the service with less congestion at junction 25 of the M5.

“If we do not see any significant changes we will address the problem in a different way.”

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9:22am Mon 24 Mar 14

BillBennett says...

And short of posing for a photo (before getting in her car and driving off, one suspects), what is "prospective MP Rebecca Pow" doing about it? How is she relevant to the story?
And short of posing for a photo (before getting in her car and driving off, one suspects), what is "prospective MP Rebecca Pow" doing about it? How is she relevant to the story? BillBennett
  • Score: 9

4:05pm Mon 24 Mar 14

madcow says...

I totally agree with you Jenny. When we pay £650.00 a year for a bus pass for our boys to travel to college, its ridiculous when they dont turn up. My Boy has to be at college at 9.00, most morning he gets the 7.12, and arrives in town at 7.30, where he waits around for 1 hr 20 mins, or alternatively he gets the 8.22, which being rush hour arrives at 8.50, hence he is late for college.. I contacted Tim at webbers bus, he said a message is put on webbers bus FB, not much help at 6.30 in the morning.
I totally agree with you Jenny. When we pay £650.00 a year for a bus pass for our boys to travel to college, its ridiculous when they dont turn up. My Boy has to be at college at 9.00, most morning he gets the 7.12, and arrives in town at 7.30, where he waits around for 1 hr 20 mins, or alternatively he gets the 8.22, which being rush hour arrives at 8.50, hence he is late for college.. I contacted Tim at webbers bus, he said a message is put on webbers bus FB, not much help at 6.30 in the morning. madcow
  • Score: 1

9:25am Tue 25 Mar 14

Taunton Fox says...

I DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU SAY MR.GARDNER!! It's rubbish to blame road congestion on no shows! The 51 North Curry service had a **** sight harder task to provide a reliable service but it managed it! You just have a poorly managed system and you won't admit it! You should be sacked like anyone else in a normal working practice!
I DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU SAY MR.GARDNER!! It's rubbish to blame road congestion on no shows! The 51 North Curry service had a **** sight harder task to provide a reliable service but it managed it! You just have a poorly managed system and you won't admit it! You should be sacked like anyone else in a normal working practice! Taunton Fox
  • Score: 0

10:01am Wed 26 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

The bus 'service' is not run for the benefit of the community, it is run to simply provide profit for the company.

The Socialist Party say the bus companies should be taken in to democratic public ownership, under democratic workers' control and management and run for the benefit of the majority in society and not the greed of the few!

Don't just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists!

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
The bus 'service' is not run for the benefit of the community, it is run to simply provide profit for the company. The Socialist Party say the bus companies should be taken in to democratic public ownership, under democratic workers' control and management and run for the benefit of the majority in society and not the greed of the few! Don't just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
  • Score: -3

10:03am Wed 26 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

madcow wrote:
I totally agree with you Jenny. When we pay £650.00 a year for a bus pass for our boys to travel to college, its ridiculous when they dont turn up. My Boy has to be at college at 9.00, most morning he gets the 7.12, and arrives in town at 7.30, where he waits around for 1 hr 20 mins, or alternatively he gets the 8.22, which being rush hour arrives at 8.50, hence he is late for college.. I contacted Tim at webbers bus, he said a message is put on webbers bus FB, not much help at 6.30 in the morning.
Quite right madcow,

he bus 'service' is not run for the benefit of the community, it is run to simply provide profit for the company.

The Socialist Party say the bus companies should be taken in to democratic public ownership, under democratic workers' control and management and run for the benefit of the majority in society and not the greed of the few!

Don't just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists!

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]madcow[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with you Jenny. When we pay £650.00 a year for a bus pass for our boys to travel to college, its ridiculous when they dont turn up. My Boy has to be at college at 9.00, most morning he gets the 7.12, and arrives in town at 7.30, where he waits around for 1 hr 20 mins, or alternatively he gets the 8.22, which being rush hour arrives at 8.50, hence he is late for college.. I contacted Tim at webbers bus, he said a message is put on webbers bus FB, not much help at 6.30 in the morning.[/p][/quote]Quite right madcow, he bus 'service' is not run for the benefit of the community, it is run to simply provide profit for the company. The Socialist Party say the bus companies should be taken in to democratic public ownership, under democratic workers' control and management and run for the benefit of the majority in society and not the greed of the few! Don't just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
  • Score: -3

10:04am Wed 26 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

BillBennett wrote:
And short of posing for a photo (before getting in her car and driving off, one suspects), what is "prospective MP Rebecca Pow" doing about it? How is she relevant to the story?
Quite right Bill,

he bus 'service' is not run for the benefit of the community, it is run to simply provide profit for the company.

The Socialist Party say the bus companies should be taken in to democratic public ownership, under democratic workers' control and management and run for the benefit of the majority in society and not the greed of the few!

Don't just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists!

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]BillBennett[/bold] wrote: And short of posing for a photo (before getting in her car and driving off, one suspects), what is "prospective MP Rebecca Pow" doing about it? How is she relevant to the story?[/p][/quote]Quite right Bill, he bus 'service' is not run for the benefit of the community, it is run to simply provide profit for the company. The Socialist Party say the bus companies should be taken in to democratic public ownership, under democratic workers' control and management and run for the benefit of the majority in society and not the greed of the few! Don't just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
  • Score: -4

12:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Tinhharris says...

Webber Bus drivers are awful, I have nearly been hit twice by this bus service with the bus on the wrong side of the road over taking on a blind bend, or cutting through bends rather than sticking to their side. They regularly run red lights, sloppy drivers, sloppy service.
Webber Bus drivers are awful, I have nearly been hit twice by this bus service with the bus on the wrong side of the road over taking on a blind bend, or cutting through bends rather than sticking to their side. They regularly run red lights, sloppy drivers, sloppy service. Tinhharris
  • Score: 0

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