Popular with the elderly
I WAS disgusted to read the 'Bus Contracts Awarded' report on the North Somerset website, where the North Somerset Council's deputy leader and executive member for transport, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, states...
I WAS disgusted to read the 'Bus Contracts Awarded' report on the North Somerset website, where the North Somerset Council's deputy leader and executive member for transport, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, states that: "Elsewhere on the route, people can walk to Locking Road to get the X1 service".
Whilst he may be lucky enough to be able to walk the extra 400 or so meters from the Earlham Grove bus stop to the stop in Locking Road, which involves crossing the busy main road via a pelican crossing with hopefully enough time to cross, my mother, who has very bad arthritis, cannot.
It has always been my opinion that this service was extremely popular with the elderly in this area, and I would have to wonder if this service being discontinued is more to do with the fact that the elderly can travel on buses free.
Cllr Ap Rees says that: "The decisions have been based on how well each route performs against an accessibility matrix. Each route is assessed against a number of factors such as number of passengers, value for money and connections to essential services."
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I believe that information should be made available so we can all see how these conclusion were arrived at.
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