Changes to Bristol, Clevedon, Nailsea, Congresbury and Yatton bus routes announced

PUBLISHED: 07:32 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 27 February 2017

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An ‘improved’ bus route connecting Nailsea, Clevedon, Congresbury and Yatton with Bristol and Weston has been announced this week.

New contracts have been awarded by North Somerset Council which will see it team up with First to invest in local bus services.

The money is coming from funding paid to the council by housing developers who are building new homes in North Somerset.

The main change will see the X6A route replaced by a new X7 service.

Its passengers will be able to travel between Weston and Bristol, but it will include stops in Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Congresbury and West Wick.

The X7 is due to run hourly from April 30.

The council hopes the new X7 route will address concerns from people living in Yatton and Congresbury who were unhappy with the current timetable.

Jonathan Edwards, a Yatton parish councillor and member of PACT, welcomed the change.

He said: “It is a positive point to see North Somerset Council and First have specifically recognised the requests coming from Yatton residents.”

However, he believes improvements should still be made to help people travel between the village and Claverham, and also wants to see more services on Sundays and in the evenings.

North Somerset’s deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to invest positively in our local bus services.

“Kick-start contracts are a great way of investing in the North Somerset bus network, providing service improvements for passengers and creating new journey opportunities.

“In the long-term these contracts will also reduce pressure on the public purse as bus services become commercial and no longer require council funding.

“I believe this is a really positive step for buses in North Somerset.

“I am looking forward to working with First to grow the bus network for our residents.”

First Bus believes the change will increase job possibilities in North Somerset.

Andrew Sherrington, a regional general manager for First, said: “We are really proud to stand alongside our partners at North Somerset Council to make greater improvements to the bus network.

“This will have a profound impact on bus users throughout the district.

“As well as the benefit to our customers, we are also creating new jobs in Weston which will benefit the local economy.”

Timetable information will be made available at libraries and online at www.travelinesw.com in the weeks prior to this start date.


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