Bus journeys down as public asked for views on future transport
BUS passengers took 112,000 fewer journeys in South Gloucestershire last year, new figures reveal.
The Department for Transport data found that in the year to last March, there were 9.88 million passenger journeys in South Gloucestershire, 1.1% less than in the previous year.
This is despite South Gloucestershire Council financially supporting 30 services in areas where there would otherwise be no coverage.
More than half of the supported services operate in the Frome Valley and Yate areas.
A council spokesperson said: “We currently support a wide range of bus services. This includes services which are entirely funded by the council and others which are commercial services that receive top up funding for part of the service for instance evenings or bank holidays.
“We currently support 30 bus services in areas where there would otherwise be no service or a more limited route/timetable.”
The figures show that despite the recent dip, bus use has increased over the last eight years, with the number of passenger journeys in South Gloucestershire increasing by 36% since 2009-10, when figures were first recorded.
And the West of England Combined Authority has now launched a consultation to try and ensure that future plans for the region’s transport system reflect public needs.
Between now and March 20, residents are being asked to tell the authority, which has overall responsibility for the region’s transport provision, where they think it should be investing between now and 2036.
It has launched an online survey asking people to allocate ‘points’ to the areas they think it should prioritise, including a mass transit network, expansion of Metrobus, new and improved railway stations, road and motorway improvements, new charges and more park and ride sites.
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “This is an ambitious plan to keep people moving and tackle congestion, whilst supporting economic growth.
“It considers a wide range of options to support sustainable travel including rail, bus, cycling, walking, mass and rapid transit and electric vehicles.”
The survey can be accessed online here.
Across England, there were 85 million fewer bus journeys last year, a drop of 3.2% outside London and 0.7% in the capital.
Supported bus services in the Yate and Sodbury area:
202- Chipping Sodbury to Winterbourne
35 – Marshfield to Bristol
41 – Yate to Malmesbury
Y4 – Bristol Centre to Yate
Y5 – Bristol Centre to Yate
620 – Bath to Old Sodbury
622 – Chipping Sodbury to Cribbs Causeway
626 – Wotton under Edge to Bristol Centre
634 – Tormarton to Kingswood
680 – North Yate to Filton College
Y6 – Yate to Southmead Hospital
84 – Yate to Wotton under Edge
85 – Yate to Wotton under Edge
86 – Yate to Kingswood
967 – South Yate to Chipping Sodbury School
Y1 – Bristol to Chipping Sodbury
Y2 – Bristol to Yate