Battle of the bus puts later service back on the road

May 03 2017

BUS operator First has bowed to pressure and restored a later bus to a service running from Southmead Hospital to Yate.

BUS operator First has bowed to pressure and restored a later bus to a service running from Southmead Hospital to Yate.

The final number 82 bus of the day was cut earlier this year, leaving users having to catch the 7.15pm service instead of one that departed about an hour later.

It meant that people going to see patients had to leave the hospital well before the end of visiting time.

It also hit workers at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, who had to catch buses into the centre of Bristol and back out to places such as Yate and Coalpit Heath, getting home late at night.

First Bus has now brought back a later bus - one which leaves Southmead at 8.30pm from Monday to Friday, stops at Cribbs Causeway 15 minutes later and leaves Bristol Parkway railway station at 9pm. It will reach Yate at 9.26pm.

Campaigners for a better service, including Dodington Parish Council, have urged people to make use of the extra bus now that it is back on the road.

They also hope that recently announced management changes that have transferred responsibility for running the 82 bus to the team that operates the 46 and 47 buses from Yate to Bristol will improve reliability.

There had been complaints of poor reliability and passengers turning to community transport schemes instead in order to keep hospital appointments.

Meanwhile, the campaigners are continuing to press for the 82 bus route to be extended to Chipping Sodbury and beyond as it did before cuts were made last year. 

They also want a later service to get people home from The Mall after the shops have closed.