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Exmoor National Park Authority has stepped in with an offer of £20,000 from its Partnership Fund to help ensure that the iconic Exmoor coastal link 300 bus provides the same service for the 2012 season as was available last year.
The action follows the announcement by Somerset County Council of routes across the county which were due to lose funding, including withdrawal of all funding for the 300, in a bid to save £1.5 million. The Council subsequently agreed to a maintain 50 per cent of the previous year’s subsidy for the Minehead to Lynmouth via Porlock service. The Partnership Fund contribution of £20,000 will provide additional funding towards operating a full service this year with the shortfall being met by the operator Quantock Motor Services.
Commenting on the decision, Exmoor National Park Authority chief executive Dr Nigel Stone said: “The 300 bus runs through some of the most beautiful parts of the National Park and we felt it was important for both residents and visitors alike that this important service continues.
“We would like to thank Somerset County Council for their support for the service against difficult funding constraints and we hope that keeping the service in operation for this year will allow time for other options to allow it to continue into the future.”
Exmoor National Park Authority, Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset. TA22 9HL. Tel: 01398 323665 Direct Line: 01398 322244 Mobile: 07772 092128
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