TAUNTON Bus Station has closed after nearly 70 years of serving the town.

On Saturday, March 27, the station was closed following a decision by Buses of Somerset to close the 'totally uneconomic' building.

The company announced its intentions to close the station earlier this month, stating that 'heavy investment' was needed to bring the building up-to-date and fit-for-purpose.

The stops have been moved around the town centre to accommodate for its passengers.

The 21/21A, 22/22A and 28 services will depart from Castle Way, (Stop G).

Services 29, 30, 54 and 99 will depart from Clinton’s Cards, (Stop I), and the 25 service will depart from Fat Face (Stop H).

Service PR1 will no longer call at Castle Way.

There are no other changes to stopping arrangements for any of our other services.

Towards Musgrove Park and Silk Mills, buses will depart from the Market House (Stop K), while Towards Gateway Buses will depart from Corporation Street (Stop L).

A spokesman for Buses of Somerset said: “Taunton bus station in Tower Street is now closed.

"Buses that used the bus station will leave from existing bus stops around town."

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the travel company is considering reductions of services in line with government requirements.

The spokesperson added: “Buses of Somerset is working with local authorities and partners to reassess demand for all our services in light of the latest government requirement for people to refrain from all but essential travel.

“Due to the continuing drop in demand we are introducing further changes to our emergency timetable from Sunday April 5.

“People are advised to visit our website for up-to-date travel information before travelling.

“We also encourage customers use cashless payment methods such as contactless or using the First Bus mobile app to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and help keep our drivers safe.”

Visit firstgroup.com/somerset/current-bus-service for more information.