NEW timetables for bus routes in Somerset have been published.

Buses of Somerset, which operates a raft of services in the county, has unveiled the new-look schedules, which come into effect from tomorrow (September 5).

The changes see many routes see an increase in buses, as schools go back and coronavirus restrictions ease.

"From Sunday, September 5 2021 we are making some changes to our buses around Somerset," said a Buses of Somerset spokesperson.

"We’ll be running more often."

For a full list of updated timetables, click HERE

Then from Monday (September 6), Somerset County Council will reintroduce weekday restrictions to concession pass holders - which had been eased during the pandemic.

“This means no free travel before 9.30am,” the spokesperson added.

“We will return to the pre-9.30am concession fare of £3.”

Throughout the crisis, bus pass holders had been able to travel for free, even at peak times, to make it easier for people to get around - including for coronavirus testing and hospital appointments.

However, after the easing of restrictions across the UK, the rules are reverting to pre-Covid levels, with anyone using buses at that time paying the £3 fare.

Elsewhere, the park and ride service to Taunton from the Gateway site at junction 25 of the M5 continues to be free.

There will be no charge for the service while work is taking place to upgrade the Creech Castle junction, on the Toneway.