Fight continues to restore axed evening bus from hospital

February 28 2017

A CAMPAIGN for a better bus service between Southmead Hospital and Yate is continuing after the final number 82 bus of the day was cut earlier this year.

A CAMPAIGN for a better bus service between Southmead Hospital and Yate is continuing after the final number 82 bus of the day was cut earlier this year.

The last bus now leaves the hospital at 7.15pm during the week, well before the end of visiting time and about an hour earlier than previously.

Councillor Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Thornbury and Yate, spoke out about the service at a recent South Gloucestershire Council public transport forum.

She said: "Losing the last bus of the day is a blow, not just to those visiting relatives in hospital but also to workers at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

“They are having to catch buses into the centre of Bristol and back out to places like Yate and Coalpit Heath, getting home very late at night.”

Campaigners want the axed last bus to be restored and are also pushing for a later service that would leave the Mall after the shops close.

Councillor Young said: “Continuing poor reliabilty is also a problem. One lady in her 80s, who was visiting her husband in Southmead, was forced to spend £25 getting a taxi home after the last bus of the day failed to turn up.

"This is having a knock-on effect on our highly valued community transport services.

“Because people don't feel they can rely on the 82 bus to get them to their hospital appointments, they are turning to community transport, while others are being referred by their GPs because they don't meet the strict criteria for the Patient Transport Service.

“This is putting community transport under huge pressure, leaving it with little capacity for other work.

“Even so, there are moves afoot to get it to do even more hospital transport work. We need a reliable bus service to Southmead.”