NO.9 BUS SERVICE – FIRST CONSULTATION LIVE
First have launched a consultation on potentially scrapping the #9 bus service.
After no solution from the Mayor on local bus services at Full Council, Anthony met with the directors of First Bus and BCC Officers in late January to make a case for an improved and extended service. Passenger usage is a factor but Anthony suggested ways that costs may be reduced by adapting the underused 72 service and some integration with the 8. The journeys they all make to Temple Meads, alongside many other services (including trains), where they suffer delays, could be centralised while keeping local connecting services. With improved whole-journey ticketing it is possible to re-imagine more service 9 buses feeding into other routes from Blackboy Hill, Whiteladies and Gloucester Road. First wants the no.9 to be more profitable by attracting more passengers. To do that it needs to be more reliable, have
an attractive route and offer better connectivity or cut costs.
First agreed to review their operating costs but have now released plans to subsume the #9 bus route into a "72a" route. There will be local community consultation meetings (in Redland Library and Cotham Parish Church Halls), full details can be found on the consultation webpage - https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/news-and-service-updates/customer-consultations.
We hope these meetings will attract a good crowd to impress the value of this service - but until we have a franchised bus system each private service is required to be profitable.
We believe the #9 bus service is vital for Cotham and should be expanded rather than cut back, if you agree please sign our petition - https://www.change.org/p/first-bus-first-bus-keep-bristol-s-9-bus-service