NORTH Somerset Council will be holding a drop-in event this month to get residents' views on public transport improvements in Backwell.

Residents, community groups and businesses will be able to have their say at the drop-in event on Wednesday, November 29 at WI Hall on Station Road. This will be open from 3.30pm until 7pm.

Initial concept designs for renovated bus stops, proposed bus priority measures at Backwell Crossroads and a new local transport hub, which includes cycle stands, parcel lockers and electric bike charging points, will be available to view.  

The plans, which are being proposed as part of the region's Bus Service Improvement Plan, will hopefully make bus travel easier, faster and more reliable.

If you are unable to make the event, concept proposals will be available to view online on the North Somerset Council website.

Cllr Hannah Young, executive member for Highways and Transport at North Somerset Council, said: “We’re keen to hear everyone’s views on our initial concepts for Backwell.

North Somerset Times: The event will take place this month.The event will take place this month. (Image: North Somerset Council)

"I would love to see as many people as possible at this community event to help us understand the potential impact of these proposals and hear community ideas about what else could work to improve public transport use in and through Backwell. 

“Residents often tell us that they need buses to be more reliable, frequent and easier to access.

"These proposals aim to reduce bus delays at peak times, help buses keep to published timetables, maintain the current X1 15-minute service frequency, and make the bus a realistic choice for more of our residents and visitors.

"We are working closely with bus operators to increase bus use and reduce costs to make services sustainable after current government-funded subsidies for local bus services end in 2025.  

 “The A370 junction in Backwell is a key congestion point. The initial concepts are designed to improve A370 traffic flow for all vehicles, but we want to work with residents and businesses to test and develop these proposals together to address the current challenges for all road users.”  

Feedback from the consultation may be used to revise designs and could test the feasibility of ideas before the plans progress.

Further surveying work will take place during the consultation period to better understand the impact of these proposals.