'Inaccessible' bus route changes slammed by village group

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 August 2016

The changes will affect First Bus services.

The changes will affect First Bus services.

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People living in Yatton have criticised changes to the village's bus routes, which will reduce the frequency of buses between the village and Bristol and also remove direct bus links to Weston.

The changes to First Bus services will come into effect on September 4.

The current W1 service, which serves stops throughout Yatton along its route from Weston to Bristol, will be withdrawn. It is being replaced by a new X1A service, but this bus will no longer serve the village.

Instead, people in Yatton will be able to catch the new X6A route, which will take them to Bristol via Clevedon.

Members of the village’s Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group agreed at a meeting on Monday to write to First to express their concerns at the changes.

PACT chairman Rhiannon Prys-Owen told the meeting: “The pedestrian has to be at the top of the hierarchy, but we also need public transport systems so we can provide for disabled residents, elderly people and young people with families.

“I think it would be good if we wrote a letter to First from the PACT expressing our concern about how inaccessible these services are for people who do not have cars.

“It is a social exclusion issue and it is an inequalities issue. It creates problems of isolation for people.

“It works against everything we are trying to do in terms of sustainable transport.”

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