Bridgwater, Somerset based WebberBus has ceased operating. Somerset County Council was made aware of the cessation of operations on 12 May 2016. In a statement, the Council said it responded immediately to the situation, arranging for other operators to take on the company’s routes where possible. All services taking students to schools and colleges were covered by replacement buses on the morning of 13 May. According to press reports, up to 100 people could lose their job.
First has stepped in to save the majority of services, with Hatch Green Coaches and Crosville Motor Services taking on some work. All current school bus passes have remained valid despite some school services passing to Bakers Dolphin, Berry’s Coaches, Crosville, Taunton Minibuses and P&V Minibuses.
MD of First’s Buses of Somerset operation, Alex Carter, said, ‘Our main priority is to ensure that Somerset bus customers are provided with a good bus service. We are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure that all affected routes previously run by WebberBus are covered. Of course, we will accept WebberBus tickets up to their expiry dates on all services so that customers are not left out of pocket. On Thursday, we were able to provide emergency services to colleges to ensure that no students were left stranded. We are now working up plans with Council officials to see how we can assist with maintaining these vital services to schools and colleges in the area.’
B&CB has telephoned WebberBus on several occasions but had not received any comment on the closure at the time of going to press.