The Labour councillors for the Woodstock ward in Kingswood have written to First Bus to protest against the firm’s decision to axe the 17A route that runs through their ward and to ask the operator to reconsider its decision. The axe is due to fall on 4 September.
Councillors Andy Perkins, Gareth Manson and Pat Rooney (pictured) have pointed out that the 17 and 17A routes are relatively new, and that local people need some consistency with the public transport being offered.
In their letter to First Bus the councillors say:
“This withdrawal will particularly affect residents in the Courtney Road, Westons Way and Cock Road areas and will deprive them of direct access to key destinations including Kingswood and Keynsham shopping areas and Southmead and Cossham hospitals.
Woodstock ward has suffered from an inconsistency of bus route operation in recent years. The Wessex route 532 which traversed the ward was withdrawn, followed by their 533 route. First Bus’s 17 & 17A routes are relatively new creations and were meant to plug some of the service gap that our constituents have faced. Now the withdrawal of the 17A is being implemented very soon after its inception and this will worsen access to public transport.
We urge you to reconsider this cut and to provide some consistency in running the routes that you devise, and on which residents rely.”