EXTRA early morning and evening bus services are being introduced across Somerset this month following passenger complaints.

Buses of Somerset said its revised timetables from Monday, November 27, will "further improve punctuality and reliability" and help people get to work.

Following customer feedback, among changes announced by First Bus South, which operates Buses of Somerset, are some earlier journeys to support workers, as well as extending evening services on the 21.

The operator has also been monitoring punctuality and reliability, and some other minor amendments will be made to timetables to improve the running time of buses.


Services 1, 6 and 7 (Taunton Town Services).

Some changes to journeys in the morning peak to support people to get to work. No changes to Saturday journeys.

Services 21, 21a (Taunton – Bridgwater – Burnham-on-Sea).

A new timetable will be introduced to allow additional journey time to improve punctually.

Following customer requests, an earlier journey on the 21 will be added from Taunton at 5am to Burnham-on-Sea (Monday to Friday) and 5.15am from Taunton to Bridgwater (Saturday).

During the evenings Monday to Saturday buses on service 21 will be extended from Bridgwater Bus Station to Dunball, Admiral’s Table providing an hourly service to the North of Bridgwater.

The 7.50am 21 journey will become a 21a, departing at 7.55am to allow students to get to Heathfield Community School.

No changes to the Sunday timetable.

Services 22, 22a and X22 (Taunton – Wellington – Tiverton)

A new timetable will be introduced to allow additional journey time to improve punctually. Some changes to early morning departures on Monday to Friday to allow earlier arrivals in Wellington from Taunton.

51 (Yeovil Town service)

Minor changes on Monday to Friday only at 9am to remove waiting time at Asda. Buses will now wait in Yeovil Bus Station.

Services 623 and 625 (Bridgwater College).

Minor changes to the timetable to improve punctuality.

The Exmoor Coaster.

Services will stop running for the winter from Sunday, November 26. The service will return in early 2024.

Service Y4

Dorset Council have requested that the service now becomes the CR4. No changes to the route or timetable.

Services 55, 77/77a.

No changes will be made to the timetables, but these services will be operated by First West of England and Wales from Wells depot, rather than Buses of Somerset’s Yeovil depot. This does not affect customers.

James Eustace, commercial director at First South, said: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and we’re making these changes after listening to their feedback.

"People told us they needed earlier buses to get to work, so we’re adding these journeys in on weekdays.

"We’re also adjusting some journey times to improve punctuality and help students get to school.

“At the same time, following the timetable changes in September, we are also seeing improvements in punctuality on our services.

"Our focus is on running a reliable service for local people and we’re working hard to make that happen.”