After a long campaign in recent months, Local MP Luke Hall and Chipping Sodbury’s Conservative Councillor Rob Creer are co-coordinating a community response for an improved bus service this week after a hard won consultation on council supported bus services, secured by the pair, was launched by South Gloucestershire Council in June.The consultation, which finishes on the 3rd of September, asks residents for their views on the current services such as what time and day they use the bus, if residents feel they are well served by the current services, and a range of other questions relating to bus travel across South Gloucestershire.
The consultation is expected to report its results in January 2018, which will then help form the regions bus strategy which is due to be implemented by the areas new regional Mayor Tim Bowles.
The 82 Bus Service was altered last summer as the council reorganised its supported routes. The changes resulted in the ‘splitting’ of the original 82 Bus to Southmead Hospital, with a new 84/85 service serving the northern villages of South Gloucestershire (Wotten-Under-Edge, Via Wickwar to Chipping Sodbury) and with the 82 Service beginning in Yate rather than Chipping Sodbury High Street.
After residents raised their concerns over the new services with Local MP Luke Hall, a campaign to take up the fight to see improvements in the service was launched, as part of his Get South Gloucestershire Moving! Transport campaign. The MP swiftly met with First Bus, the Council, Stagecoach to relay the concerns and to press for better timetabling between the two services for those relying on it to access Southmead Hospital. The meetings and pressure resulted in a review of the timetables between the 82 and 84/5 services, with a new timetable implemented last November.
The MP, following a ‘Get Yate and Sodbury Moving!’ survey of residents, collated information from thousands of responses where three main issues were highlighted;
- The desire to see the 82 Service begin its journey from Chipping Sodbury High Street.
- Residents would like to see earlier start and later finish times, with improved frequency of buses during peak hours.
- An improved reliability of the current service.
Residents are now being urged to back the 82 Bus Campaign by signing Luke and Rob’s Petition listing the three improvements which residents have asked for, which will be submitted by the MP.
Luke Hall MP said;
“I am delighted that the review both myself and Rob have secured with residents help is now live. Our campaign to see an improved 82 service returned to Chipping Sodbury has been hard fought so far, so we now need residents help once again so we can use this opportunity to make sure our voices are heard on this important service.”
Councillor Rob Creer added;
“I would like encourage as many Chipping Sodbury and Yate residents as possible to back our petition on Luke’s website to see the 82 service improved, this really is our chance to put our case forward to get the service our town deserves.”
You can still add your name to the on-going petition by calling Luke's constituency office, on 01454 311 267.
* UPDATE on the campaign to bring the 82 Bus back *