I recently had a short break in the ‘Cider’ county where as usual, I had a look at the local transport scene.
Based in the town of Street which lies just off the A 39 about two miles from Glastonbury of pop concert fame. Street has no bus station as such but there are several bus stands near the library in the town centre.
Our transport was this immaculately kept DAF SB3000 with Van Hool’s Alize bodywork belonging to long established operator Albert Wilde Coaches who are based in Heage, Derbyshire. Registration K120 SLR.
For most of the time we shared the hotel with a holiday group from Denmark who were ferried around in this Plaxton bodied Volvo registration ODF 561 operated by 'Pulhams Travel' of Bourton in the Water. This a ‘cherished’ registration and has appeared on previous Pulham owned vehicles in the past.
The major operator in town is ‘First Somerset and Avon’ who’s main service starts at Taunton and runs on to Bristol via Glastonbury and Wells. Running the full length of the route is WX59 BYM a Wright bodied Volvo B7RLE.
P262 PAE a Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLF on its way to Wells on a short working. This now elderly bus started its career with Badgerline who were amongst the early operators in the ‘First’ group.
Another Dennis Dart this time with East Lancs ‘Spryte’ body V834 DYD.
‘First’ are not the only operator on this route with ‘Webberbus’ who operate widely in the Bridgewater, Taunton and Minehead areas providing serious competition.
Indeed, conversations with passengers on and off the buses showed that ‘Webberbus’ was the operator most people favoured.
YJ58 CEK and YJ62 FBC were two of a number of Optare Versa’s in use.
Another service from Street to Wincanton is provided by ‘nippybus’. Based in the Yeovil area, ‘nippybus’ provide a range of demand responsive services as well as normal scheduled routes in the area.
Y868 PWT an Optare Solo at one time worked on Park and Ride services in Coventry.