Back on the road - bus to link Chipping Sodbury directly with Southmead Hospital
A DIRECT bus route between Chipping Sodbury and Southmead Hospital will be introduced at the end of May after pressure was put on bus operator First.
The number 82 service currently starts and ends in Yate so Chipping Sodbury passengers have to catch one bus before changing onto another one.
But from May 27 the route will continue into and from Chipping Sodbury, serving not only the town but also making it easier for people living in nearby villages.
Two petitions were raised by local politicians and although First Bus originally said it was not commercially viable to extend the route, it now says it is possible to do so.
James Freeman, managing director of First West of England, said: “We are delighted that improvements to the 82 service mean we have been able to extend it from Yate so as to provide a direct connection to and from Chipping Sodbury.
“This takes effect at the end of May. During the summer we will be rolling out further improvements to buses in the Yate and Chipping Sodbury areas.”
The 82 bus used to run from Gloucestershire via Chipping Sodbury to the hospital
Councillor Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokeswoman for Thornbury and Yate, said: "This is a real win for bus users in Chipping Sodbury. Our petition in autumn 2016 showed that hundreds of people wanted the 82 service to run to and from Chipping Sodbury again, so they wouldn't have to change buses in Yate.”
The area’s Conservative MP Luke Hall said he was pleased that, working alongside local businesses, residents and campaigners in Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Frampton Cottrell, First Bus had listened.
He said: “It has taken some time but our campaign never gave up.”