It was, as Mrs fbb might say, a "Bonny Stramash!"
Even this did not satisfy the (unrealistic?) financial criteria demanded by First Group and early in 2018 Buses of Somerset announced their intention to withdraw both the two services as discussions with the local parish councils could not bridge the gap between income required and financial support available. Somerset County Council had long since said it had no money to support the service.
It then gets very complicated - too much so for a brief blog - so we roll the clock forward to the start of the new service on Monday 19th February of this year.
The "bonny stramash" became more bonny (less bonny really!) and much more of a stramash.
A click on the Trraveline index reveals a true feast of buses to Porlock and The Weir.
Then Ridlers run two journeys on Mondays to Fridays ...
Do these three operators have an interavailable fares policy? Guess!
Do these operators publish one co-ordinated timetable page in order to help the passenger? Guess.
Does Somerset Council do ditto. Guess.
Will these small buses be adequate for the Summer Tourist trade? Guess
If ever you wanted a textbook lesson on how NOT to provide a socially necessary bus service that might make money in the peak Summer, this is it.
fbb suggests putting the whole lot, operators, County Council, Parish Councils and community representatives in a large room. Give them all a pair of boxing gloves, lock the doors and don't let them out until they have sorted out a sensible way to behave.
And An Apology!
In yesterday's blog, fbb suggested that Minehead was in North Somerset.
What fun! NOT!