Changes to bus services opposed in petition to council leaders

August 30 2016

OPPONENTS claim changes to bus services will hit people from areas of South Gloucestershire who need to get to hospital, university or Parkway railway station.

OPPONENTS claim changes to bus services will hit people from areas of South Gloucestershire who need to get to hospital, university or Parkway railway station.

The objectors launched a petition in response to the changes that bus operator First were due to introduce from Sunday, September 4, urging South Gloucestershire Council leaders to have talks with the company about the proposals.

Liberal Democrats said the changes would halve the frequency of buses from Yate to Southmead Hospital and Parkway, which go via Coalpit Heath and Frampton Cotterell.

They said those living in Chipping Sodbury and areas north of the town would also lose their direct link to the two destinations.

Westerleigh councillor Claire Young said people living in villages between Chipping Sodbury and Wotton-under-Edge would instead have to change buses in Yate, making journeys longer and more expensive.

She said: “People in our area fought long and hard to get decent buses to Southmead when Frenchay Hospital closed and now many of these services are being taken away.

“In addition, almost all the direct buses from Yate, Coalpit Heath and Frampton Cotterell to the University of the West of England will be cut, leaving just one school-time direct service per day in each direction - and that will only run on school days.”

The petition claimed that if people stopped using buses as a result of the changes and switched to cars to make their journeys, the result would be an increase in traffic and parking problems.