Bus changes ‘step forward’

PUBLISHED: 08:02 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:36 30 October 2015

Crossville and First Bus vehicles in the town centre.

Crossville and First Bus vehicles in the town centre.

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CHANGES to a Weston-super-Mare bus service designed to make it easier to get around town have been heralded by its operator, but concerns have been raised some elderly residents may lose out.

As of Sunday, Crosville Motor Services’ number 4 bus will stop regularly serving South Road or Waterloo Street in a bid to cut delays on the route.

Instead, a new 106 service will run between Weston hillside and the Regent Street interchange, which Crosville chairman Jon Jones-Pratt says will leave customers better off.

But South Road resident Maurice Coombs said those using the 4 bus to access Weston General Hospital would be disadvantaged by having to change mid-route.

Mr Coombs said: “There won’t be a bus direct to the hospital from South Road and there are a lot of older people living here.

“There are people living on the hill who will need to go to the hospital, or might be leaving after an operation; it’s not very convenient for anyone around South Road.”

But Mr Jones-Pratt said the changes, which will include one dedicated 4 bus from South Road to the hospital every morning, would improve passengers’ overall journeys.

Mr Jones-Pratt told the Mercury: “I think this will be a positive step forward, and customers will be better off for the changes.

“This may include a frog-jump to a neighbouring bus stop to access other Weston services, like Asda, the hospital or Worle.

“The service on South Road is a bespoke one and recognises the elderly patronage up there – I do not want people waiting too long at bus stops and the service will be more punctual.

“Over the years we have had to work with what we’ve got, but we are in a position where we can look at them now.

“They’ve been running late because we are trying to do too much with one bus, and I hate running services which aren’t punctual.”

The 106 will run around half-hourly in either direction towards Regent Street or Worlebury Woods.

To view the changes in full, visit the Crosville website at www.crosvillemotorservices.co.uk.

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