Staple Hill’s Labour councillors are urging local people to sign an online petition calling for improved direct bus services to neighbouring areas, and especially to the new regional acute hospital at Southmead.
At last month’s Council meeting, Councillors Ian Boulton and Shirley Potts presented a petition signed by over 600 people calling on transport officers and local bus companies to improve bus links and direct access to Southmead. Now they are directing residents who missed that to sign an online petition which is on the South Gloucestershire Council website.
Councillor Ian Boulton says:
“I recommend that everyone checks the Travelwest website to see how difficult it can be to travel from Staple Hill to Southmead using the current bus timetable. The suggested routes usually start with a 20 minute walk to the centre of Downend or Fishponds and, in some cases, residents have to go all the way into Bristol city centre to change buses in order to travel out again. Such arduous journeys will be impossible for the ill or infirm and their visitors will not be able to see sick friends or relatives.”
Councillor Shirley Potts adds:
“Other areas in South Gloucestershire have new direct bus routes to the hospital, and good luck to them. But Staple Hill has a higher than average proportion of residents without a car and a relatively elderly population, so direct buses from our area are really needed and I am sure would be well used. I am disappointed that the bus bosses have not included Staple Hill in their plans for direct services, but hope they will listen now.”
The petition is online at https://petitions.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/system/viewPetition?petitionid=9066
17th June 2014