Bus services a ‘disaster’ as route is scrapped on Sundays

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 September 2018

Crossville and First Bus vehicles in the town centre.

Crossville and First Bus vehicles in the town centre.

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Readers have complained of ‘shocking’ bus services after a route was scrapped by First Bus.

First Bus has announced the Sunday service of the 126 bus will no longer run through the winter months as the service is not ‘financially sustainable’.

The service, which will stop running this month, connects Weston to Wells and makes stops in Banwell, Winscombe, Axbridge and Cheddar.

A First Bus spokesman said: “The service operates on a purely commercial basis, meaning it is entirely paid for by the fares taken on the bus.

“Unfortunately, in the winter months on a Sunday, service 126 does not collect enough money to make the service financially sustainable.

“Therefore we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw the Sunday winter service to ensure the rest of the service is financial viable through the quieter winter months.”

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Joe Boulter wrote: “First is the worst bus company. When is the council going to start cancelling their contracts?

“I have been let down by this company so many times – it needs competition.”

Hannah Jenkins commented: “Buses are shocking for Locking. Still can’t get a straight one to Worle or the hospital and you’re lucky if they’re every hour as sometimes they don’t turn up. Then the latest bus is like 6.10pm or something daft like that.”

Rachel Mansfield said: “My daughter works on a Sunday and used the 126 bus, now we have to find someone to take her to work if we are working ourselves.

“It’s not worth working considering the price of a taxi there and back for a few hours. We want people to work, and then companies like this make it harder to keep them.”

Suzanne Boyle wrote: “Most of there buses never run on time. It has no competition.

“Personally I think it could do a lot better.”

Caroline Davis commented: “This week has been a disaster with the 126 either not turning up or being very late meaning crammed and dangerous conditions on the bus.

“Sort it out First Bus, and then maybe more people would use your service.”

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