Last Friday’s (January 25) front page highlighted Minehead’s (and West Somerset’s) fragile transport infrastructure.
The single practical road link to our county town is to be closed for a fortnight in March, while the heritage rail link to Bishops Lydeard, besides being closed for repairs until March, is also having to make staff redundant because of financial difficulties.
I can’t imagine a juxtaposition of headlines that could more eloquently illustrate the need for a commuter rail link between Minehead and Taunton.
While I wish the West Somerset Railway a healthy and profitable future, the absolute priority for the wellbeing of Minehead residents and the economic vitality of our town must surely be the restoration of the rail link through to Taunton.
As a regular user of the number 28 bus service, I would also like to point out that it’s not just drivers who face two-week closure on the A358 but also everyone who relies on the bus connection to get to school, college, work, hospital, go shopping, connect to Taunton railway station etc.
The impact on bus users, compared to motorists, was given virtually no attention in your report, except for a mention of “details . . . to be provided in due course”.
The Free Press is a great local newspaper, but your transport disruption story could have shown greater sensitivity concerning the impact of the road closure on non-car users.
Ian Scott, Blenheim Mews, Minehead.