Changes to bus routes following public pressure

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 October 2015

Darran Moody with children Rowan and Willow.

Darran Moody with children Rowan and Willow.

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Changes have been made to new bus routes in Nailsea following a number of objections raised by passengers and people living in the town.

First and North Somerset Council made significant changes to the bus routes in August when the council awarded local sustainable transport funding to First and Abus to improve services in the area.

However, a number of concerns were raised about the frequency and direction of services along Hazelbury Road and the lack of routes along Silver Street.

The council and First have now adjusted the routes which were causing concern and the changes will come into effect on November 1.

Jenny MacLeod, First’s general manager for Bristol said: “We have listened to the feedback from our customers and residents who raised their concerns to us and we hope that the changes we will make on November 1 will ensure the bus services best serve the needs of people in Nailsea.”

The A2 service will be re-timed to allow school children in Tickenham to travel to and from Nailsea School and extra journeys will run between Nailsea and Clevedon.

The X9 route will now travel along Hazelbury Road in the opposite direction and it will also serve Silver Street.

Journeys will be added for customers on Queens Road and Stock Way South and a direct link will be provided between Long Ashton and Nailsea School.

Darran Moody, pictured with his family, raised concerns about the direction of the buses along Hazelbury Road after a bus crashed into a van on his driveway and pushed it into his garage five years ago.

At the time, the bus operator agreed to change the direction the buses travelled to prevent the incident from happening again.

But First reverted to the old direction and Darran was greatly concerned for the safety of his family.

Following pressure from the public, First has changed the route back, but some people are still unhappy about the number of buses travelling along their quiet lane.

Darran said: “I’m glad the direction of the buses has been changed but I’m still not happy with the amount of buses coming down. If it continues we will consider leaving Nailsea. The buses come along every half an hour until 11.15pm. It used to be such a quiet area but it’s so noisy now.

“We are in the process of moving the children’s bedrooms to the other side of the house so they are not disturbed as the buses have been keeping them awake.”


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