Village to get just one bus a week after First cuts routes

PUBLISHED: 06:44 11 April 2019

The future of bus routes is up for discussion.

The future of bus routes is up for discussion.

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A village will lose its only daily bus service after it was pulled for financial reasons by First.

Passengers in Kenn will only be able to catch a bus on Thursdays in future, after First Bus announced a timetable change from April 28.

The alterations will also have a big impact on Yatton, with the planned re-routing of the X7 meaning villagers will not be able to go to Clevedon or Nailsea.

Instead, following a public subsidy offered by North Somerset Council, the X2 service will be routed through Yatton.

It will still link Weston and Bristol, but will operate via Locking Castle, West Wick, Congresbury, Yatton, Claverham, Cleeve and Long Ashton.

A council spokesman said: “Following a tender process, First has been contracted to divert its service X2 to serve the length of Yatton High Street (as far as North End roundabout).

“This ensures Yatton village maintains a regular link to Weston and creates a new link to Bristol city centre.

“The service will also operate earlier in the morning and later in the evening than the current X7 timetable.

“Unfortunately, First’s changes will result in the loss of a regular connection from Yatton to Clevedon and Nailsea.

“Kenn village will also no longer have a regular service.

“This is due to very low passenger numbers on this part of the route, which has led to First withdrawing this section of bus service X7.

“The tender process has been unable to secure a replacement service for this area.

However, Citistar service 128 will continue to operate on a Thursday.”

The X2 re-routing is being funded by the council through developer contributions.

House-builders, to offset their large development, must pay a community levy to negate the impact of their work and the council will be using this pot of money to help subsidise the service.

The deal is in place for three years and passengers have been told to use it ‘so it can continue to operate in the long-term’.

The council will hold a drop-in session with First West of England at Yatton Library on Tuesday from 10-11.30am for passengers to collect new timetable information and ask questions.

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