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“No plans” to close Yeovil Bus Station, says Somerset Council

YEOVIL Bus Station is staying open, it has been confirmed.

Somerset Council says it is trying to buy the site, which it says forms a “vital part of a rejuvenated town centre”.

It comes after user groups were angered by the council’s decision to close waiting rooms and toilets at the station from May 31, although the waiting room will remain open “for another few months”.

Commercial discussions are continuing over the Glovers Walk site, which the council said is a “key transport hub”.

If ownership of the site can be secured, the council said it will eventually look to remove some of the existing ageing buildings with a view to making long term improvements to the site.

Councillor Richard Wilkins, lead member for transport and digital, said he was aware there was a need for reassurance and understood people’s concerns.

“It is clear people are worried about the future of the bus station,” he said. “That is why we are underlining our commitment to keeping it operational – there are absolutely no plans to close it.

“We have had to take the decision to close the toilets and initially the waiting room to save on cleaning and maintenance costs – we have been very clear that due to the council’s financial situation this needed to happen.

“This is in line with difficult and heart-breaking decisions we’ve had to make across somerset.

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“However, I’m really pleased we can now keep the waiting room open for the immediate future, following an agreement between the bus user group and operator.

“Please be assured that we remain committed to seeking further funding from Government from the Bus Service Improvement Fund, and working with partners, to maintain facilities at the bus station in the future – this is an evolving regeneration process.

“You are likely to see some changes in the coming months – some of the buildings will be demolished as part of the regeneration but the bus station will remain operational throughout and into the long-term future.”

Somerset’s Bus Service Improvement Plan aims to make bus travel more attractive and sustainable in the county and the council has so far been awarded nearly £13 million from the government, including to ensure key services between Yeovil and Taunton continue to run.

2 Comments

  1. Jenny white Reply

    I work In Yeovil every Wednesday I catch the 9.20 southwest coaches bus from chard to Yeovil bus station 🚉 please can you let me know what will happen to all the buses 🚌 will I catch the bus from In Yeovil

  2. Jenny Reply

    Hello my name is Jenny white I catch the 96 southwest coaches bus from chard to Yeovil Bus Station and from Yeovil Bus Station on every Wednesday . I work in the gateway

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