Free Friday shopper bus service on trial
A new free bus service is being trailed for a month to see if there is the demand from local residents.
Every Friday a free shopper bus will leave from outside The Fir Tree Inn in Writhlington at 9.50am heading to Radstock before making the return journey at 11.30am.
Radstock Co-operative Society has provided the bus to enable residents to make the trip to the town centre supermarket from the village.
Vicki Pryztocki, from Radstock Co-operative Society, said: "We are pleased to announce that an additional pick-up point has been added to the route of the free coach service to the Radstock store each Friday.
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"This will be for a trial period of one month with the intention of it becoming a permanent part of the route subject to their being sufficient demand."
The latest boost for public transport users comes just weeks after campaigners successfully secured extra evening bus services for the village.
More than 50 local residents, supported by grassroots Labour campaigners Movement for Change, attended meetings to call on Bath and North East Somerset Council to help fund additional evening services.
They managed to secure a new CT coach service at 5.03pm with the First Bus 178 service now running from Bath to Writhlington twice in the late evening, at 7.40pm and 11.05pm.
The highly successful bus campaign at Writhlington was featured at the Movement for Change meeting in Brighton this week.
A video about the campaign, which brought local people together to secure better bus services, was presented by Councillor Lesley Mansell, Chair of Radstock Council, who was instrumental in securing Movement for Change to work in Withington, and Todd Forman, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate.
See letters, page 10