More anger over cuts to First Bus services in Bridgwater

Bus user Michael Carpenter criticises cuts to First Bus services. (This bus stop is not included in the cuts).

Bus user Michael Carpenter criticises cuts to First Bus services. (This bus stop is not included in the cuts).

First published in News

A BUS user from Bridgwater has said more First Bus cuts will leave the town without a service to the new hospital on a Sunday.

First Bus already announced a number of cuts affecting Services 1, 2 and 3 in the town, from last July.

The firm has now revealed further cuts to its First West of England Services 375/X75, Bridgwater to Wells, withdrawing journeys on Sundays and public holidays from February 2.

Bus user Michael Carpenter told the Mercury: “The 375 runs up Eastern Avenue and Bower Lane to the new hospital site. If this goes ahead, there will be no bus service from that part of town to the hospital on Sundays.

“The closest you could get is to the bus station then a 45-minute walk to the hospital, and you can't expect the elderly and frail to be doing that.

“You would think a bus service to the hospital would take priority.”

Simon Ford, commercial manager for First in West of England, said: “The timetable is being amended to offer customers a better, more punctual and reliable service, along with faster and more direct services between Wells and Bridgwater at certain times.”

But the changes mean the total number of journeys serving Catcott and Cossington will be reduced.

The Service X75 will operate hourly, Monday to Friday, with more journeys at peak times serving Bridgwater College. Service 375 will operate every two hours, Monday to Friday, with buses serving Lippetts Way in Catcott instead of King William Road and Manor Road.

On Saturdays all journeys between Wells and Bridgwater will operate as Service X75.

Mr Ford added: “This change provides a fast and direct link between the two places, and better reflects the fact that most people wish to travel to these destinations. As a result, Catcott and Cossington will lose access to the service on this day.

“Journeys on Sundays and Public Holidays are being withdrawn. This reflects the low overall use of them and follows a period in which First has operated the journeys on a completely commercial basis, following the loss of local authority support some years ago. Put simply, the company is no longer able to financially sustain the journeys.”

For more information visit www.firstgroup.com/bristol.

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2:58pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MartinB58 says...

The non viability of the current service that First Bus are talking about doesn't, of course, take into account any usage that may be generated by people heading for the new hospital on a Sunday. Seems a little short-sighted by them to cut the service just a couple of months before the hospital opens.

Does the Webberbus #37 follow the same route?
The non viability of the current service that First Bus are talking about doesn't, of course, take into account any usage that may be generated by people heading for the new hospital on a Sunday. Seems a little short-sighted by them to cut the service just a couple of months before the hospital opens. Does the Webberbus #37 follow the same route? MartinB58
  • Score: 2

2:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

Three Pots Derek says...

MartinB58 wrote:
The non viability of the current service that First Bus are talking about doesn't, of course, take into account any usage that may be generated by people heading for the new hospital on a Sunday. Seems a little short-sighted by them to cut the service just a couple of months before the hospital opens.

Does the Webberbus #37 follow the same route?
These things couldn't have been considered when planning the Hospital on the outskirts of the town. So if there are no buses on Sundays I just hope nobody who lives the other side of town needs to go to hospital on Sundays as it would cost a fortune in taxi fare if they do not have there oen transport.
Lets just hope Webber Bus take over as they have on the estates when the No 1 route was cut.
[quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: The non viability of the current service that First Bus are talking about doesn't, of course, take into account any usage that may be generated by people heading for the new hospital on a Sunday. Seems a little short-sighted by them to cut the service just a couple of months before the hospital opens. Does the Webberbus #37 follow the same route?[/p][/quote]These things couldn't have been considered when planning the Hospital on the outskirts of the town. So if there are no buses on Sundays I just hope nobody who lives the other side of town needs to go to hospital on Sundays as it would cost a fortune in taxi fare if they do not have there oen transport. Lets just hope Webber Bus take over as they have on the estates when the No 1 route was cut. Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

MR.GOF says...

let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money....
i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it.

NO THANKS
let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS MR.GOF
  • Score: -6

11:32am Sat 1 Feb 14

notasnarrowmindedasmost says...

MR.GOF wrote:
let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money....
i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it.

NO THANKS
The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .
[quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS[/p][/quote]The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move . notasnarrowmindedasmost
  • Score: 7

5:02pm Sat 1 Feb 14

MR.GOF says...

notasnarrowmindedasm
ost
wrote:
MR.GOF wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS
The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .
What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???.
lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route,
firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it,
i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........
[quote][p][bold]notasnarrowmindedasm ost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS[/p][/quote]The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .[/p][/quote]What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???. lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route, firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it, i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........ MR.GOF
  • Score: -5

9:50am Sun 2 Feb 14

notasnarrowmindedasmost says...

MR.GOF wrote:
notasnarrowmindedasm

ost
wrote:
MR.GOF wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS
The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .
What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???.
lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route,
firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it,
i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........
So by your own admission you bought a house on a bus route and it's got busier live with it or move . You really sound like a real nimby and by the way I never use buses but I am not as selfish as you and know that others rely on them .
[quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notasnarrowmindedasm ost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS[/p][/quote]The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .[/p][/quote]What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???. lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route, firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it, i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........[/p][/quote]So by your own admission you bought a house on a bus route and it's got busier live with it or move . You really sound like a real nimby and by the way I never use buses but I am not as selfish as you and know that others rely on them . notasnarrowmindedasmost
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Sun 2 Feb 14

MR.GOF says...

notasnarrowmindedasm
ost
wrote:
MR.GOF wrote:
notasnarrowmindedasm ost wrote:
MR.GOF wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS
The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .
What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???. lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route, firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it, i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........
So by your own admission you bought a house on a bus route and it's got busier live with it or move . You really sound like a real nimby and by the way I never use buses but I am not as selfish as you and know that others rely on them .
When i moved here 13 years ago it was shuttle buses running a lot less frequent. Why run a bus or double decker for just a few passengers. I am not against others who rely on the buses but do not see it necessary to use such a wasteful mode of transport. A shuttle bus would be more than sufficient. At most times there are no more than four people on the bus. As for your comment on moving, why should people have to move away from their homes? . Should we not have a say on the area we live? Where would this world be if we all just gave up instead of disagreeing? Does your house shake every time a bus goes past? Mine does! The bus drivers do not always do a sensible speed for the road and frequantly mount the pavement. I am glad you are not effected by the buses but do not be so ignorant to those that are. Yes there are some that need the service but perhaps the route and size of the buses need to be taken into consideration. Isnt it better to reduce the size of the bus to a shuttle or minibus which would be more cost effective and not so disruptive to residents.
[quote][p][bold]notasnarrowmindedasm ost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notasnarrowmindedasm ost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS[/p][/quote]The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .[/p][/quote]What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???. lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route, firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it, i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........[/p][/quote]So by your own admission you bought a house on a bus route and it's got busier live with it or move . You really sound like a real nimby and by the way I never use buses but I am not as selfish as you and know that others rely on them .[/p][/quote]When i moved here 13 years ago it was shuttle buses running a lot less frequent. Why run a bus or double decker for just a few passengers. I am not against others who rely on the buses but do not see it necessary to use such a wasteful mode of transport. A shuttle bus would be more than sufficient. At most times there are no more than four people on the bus. As for your comment on moving, why should people have to move away from their homes? . Should we not have a say on the area we live? Where would this world be if we all just gave up instead of disagreeing? Does your house shake every time a bus goes past? Mine does! The bus drivers do not always do a sensible speed for the road and frequantly mount the pavement. I am glad you are not effected by the buses but do not be so ignorant to those that are. Yes there are some that need the service but perhaps the route and size of the buses need to be taken into consideration. Isnt it better to reduce the size of the bus to a shuttle or minibus which would be more cost effective and not so disruptive to residents. MR.GOF
  • Score: -3

11:04pm Sun 2 Feb 14

notasnarrowmindedasmost says...

MR.GOF wrote:
notasnarrowmindedasm

ost
wrote:
MR.GOF wrote:
notasnarrowmindedasm ost wrote:
MR.GOF wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS
The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .
What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???. lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route, firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it, i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........
So by your own admission you bought a house on a bus route and it's got busier live with it or move . You really sound like a real nimby and by the way I never use buses but I am not as selfish as you and know that others rely on them .
When i moved here 13 years ago it was shuttle buses running a lot less frequent. Why run a bus or double decker for just a few passengers. I am not against others who rely on the buses but do not see it necessary to use such a wasteful mode of transport. A shuttle bus would be more than sufficient. At most times there are no more than four people on the bus. As for your comment on moving, why should people have to move away from their homes? . Should we not have a say on the area we live? Where would this world be if we all just gave up instead of disagreeing? Does your house shake every time a bus goes past? Mine does! The bus drivers do not always do a sensible speed for the road and frequantly mount the pavement. I am glad you are not effected by the buses but do not be so ignorant to those that are. Yes there are some that need the service but perhaps the route and size of the buses need to be taken into consideration. Isnt it better to reduce the size of the bus to a shuttle or minibus which would be more cost effective and not so disruptive to residents.
As I have said previously my concern are for the people who rely on these buses to give them a bit of independence where as yours is all about you . YesI do believe smaller shuttle buses should be used if possible but what I do object to is nimbys and narrow minded individuals like yourself who can only see things from your own perspective .
[quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notasnarrowmindedasm ost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notasnarrowmindedasm ost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: let`a hope not for webber to take this up,unless your blind there is hardly anyone using the busses now,what is the point?..8 mpg is what you get out of a bus,how is a comparny going to make any money.... i live on a bus route and i hate it,and the poor driving that goes with it. NO THANKS[/p][/quote]The buses are a life line for some especially pensioners and the less able . If you don't like living on the bus route I suggest you move .[/p][/quote]What! ok you can me find a house and you can pay all the cost???. lived here for over 13 years now and why the hell should i move,it`s the greedy companys that make it hell to live on a bus route, firstly when i moved here there was only a bus twice an hour,then it went up to eight busse an hour,and yes with no one on then thats is why it was cut,great ! why should a bus run for a couple of people?the huge cost of it, i surggest that you pay to use the bus then........[/p][/quote]So by your own admission you bought a house on a bus route and it's got busier live with it or move . You really sound like a real nimby and by the way I never use buses but I am not as selfish as you and know that others rely on them .[/p][/quote]When i moved here 13 years ago it was shuttle buses running a lot less frequent. Why run a bus or double decker for just a few passengers. I am not against others who rely on the buses but do not see it necessary to use such a wasteful mode of transport. A shuttle bus would be more than sufficient. At most times there are no more than four people on the bus. As for your comment on moving, why should people have to move away from their homes? . Should we not have a say on the area we live? Where would this world be if we all just gave up instead of disagreeing? Does your house shake every time a bus goes past? Mine does! The bus drivers do not always do a sensible speed for the road and frequantly mount the pavement. I am glad you are not effected by the buses but do not be so ignorant to those that are. Yes there are some that need the service but perhaps the route and size of the buses need to be taken into consideration. Isnt it better to reduce the size of the bus to a shuttle or minibus which would be more cost effective and not so disruptive to residents.[/p][/quote]As I have said previously my concern are for the people who rely on these buses to give them a bit of independence where as yours is all about you . YesI do believe smaller shuttle buses should be used if possible but what I do object to is nimbys and narrow minded individuals like yourself who can only see things from your own perspective . notasnarrowmindedasmost
  • Score: 1

1:28pm Mon 3 Feb 14

teslafanatic says...

I and many others use the D service as much as I can and I do agree that the buses should be smaller and more fuel efficient but we get a bus that may or may not turn up, Most of the people that use this service are regular users who do not have access to private transport so we have to put up with what we have, First group left us without a service and Webbers stepped in but it is not very reliable and at least you can get to the Hospital six days of the week.
The new hospital is behind my house and my neighbours and I have had to put up with the noise and dust for the last two years and now they are nearly finished we will be able to enjoy the garden again and we have lorry after lorry going up and down Bower Lane and the house shakes every time, but it's called life and we just get on with it.
I and many others use the D service as much as I can and I do agree that the buses should be smaller and more fuel efficient but we get a bus that may or may not turn up, Most of the people that use this service are regular users who do not have access to private transport so we have to put up with what we have, First group left us without a service and Webbers stepped in but it is not very reliable and at least you can get to the Hospital six days of the week. The new hospital is behind my house and my neighbours and I have had to put up with the noise and dust for the last two years and now they are nearly finished we will be able to enjoy the garden again and we have lorry after lorry going up and down Bower Lane and the house shakes every time, but it's called life and we just get on with it. teslafanatic
  • Score: 4

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