Last evening bus from hospital to Yate to be axed

December 22 2016

A PLANNED bus service change will remove the last journey of the day from Southmead Hospital to Yate.

A PLANNED bus service change will remove the last journey of the day from Southmead Hospital to Yate.

First Bus said from January 8, the latest number 82 bus will leave the hospital at 7.15pm during the week.

The service runs to Yate via Cribbs Causeway and those opposing the change said that meant a departure time of nearly an hour earlier than at present - and well before the end of visiting time.

Dodington councillor Paul Hulbert said the alteration to the timetable would also affect people working at Cribbs Causeway, shift workers and anyone attending South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton during the evening.

He said the last bus would in future leave at 7.30pm instead of 8.24pm. 

Mr Hulbert criticised a lack of consultation over the change and urged users of the service to lobby operator First to keep the later bus.

He said it was only in the summer that First reduced the service frequency between Yate and Southmead and cut the direct Chipping Sodbury link to Southmead.