Local residents in South Bristol have rallied to support their local bus service after First Bus announced that it was to cut services across the city. Over 250 people have already signed a petition set up by local Lib Dem Councillors, Andrew Brown, Sarah Classick, and Tim Kent.
Amongst the changes announced by the West of England Metro Mayor, the 92 bus route will no longer serve communities to the south of Whitchurch Lane, nor will it serve the South Bristol Community Hospital.
Residents of the Windways estate, Court Farm Road, and Tanorth Road will no longer be served by the service which will terminate at Belland Drive rather than continue to the hospital.
The petition calls on the Metro Mayor, Dan Morris, and Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, to find an alternative solution for residents of the affected areas, and for there to be no break in service when First reduces its service on April 24th.
Cllr Tim Kent said “It is shocking that communities south of Whitchurch Lane are going to be marooned like this. Whilst we are aware of a Community Bus that operates a Shopping Service three days a week, this is not a substitute for a regular service giving residents a public transport option for accessing the City Centre and the South Bristol Community Hospital.”
Cllr Brown, who is also Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bristol South, Andrew Brown added “These cuts don’t just affect people in the far south of the city - residents of Knowle and Totterdown will have a reduced service to the South Bristol Community Hospital and City of Bristol College, as well as there being large cuts to the key Number 2 Service.”
You can sign the petition here.