Yatton bus changes are scrapped - just days before new route is due to come into effect

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 January 2017

Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury.

Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury.

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A widely-welcomed extension to a bus service in Yatton has been scrapped just days before it was due to come into effect - with a dispute between the route operator and a nearby garden centre being cited as the reason.

The First Bus-operated X6A service was due to be extended to serve the entire length of Yatton High Street from January 8.

The alteration would have seen the bus turn around at Wyevale, A Cadbury Garden Centre, in Smallway in Congresbury, but the proposal was ditched after garden centre owner Wyevale allegedly told First its buses would not be permitted to access the garden centre site.

The claims were made at a meeting of Yatton Parish Council on January 9.

Parish councillor Jonathan Edwards said: “People are expecting this bus to be in operation from January 8 and I cannot believe I could print the timetable off the night before. It is astonishing.”

The move was also criticised by Yatton district councillor Judith Hadley, who threatened to protest outside the garden centre if the situation was not resolved. She said she hoped an alternative proposal would be presented at the end of February.

Cllr Hadley said: “I am so disappointed in this state of affairs – not just disappointed, but also annoyed and angry.

“My first impulse was to go up to Cadbury with Yatton residents and stand outside with placards, so shoppers would be aware of the problem.

“If nothing is brought forward at the end of February, placard-waving residents will be outside Cadbury.”

A Wyevale spokesman said: “We have been in regular communication with the council since November, when we were first notified of the changes.

“As we are the leaseholders of the centre, any changes to the traffic patterns through the site, are subject to the approval of our landlords. We remain in dialogue with all parties.”

The Mercury contacted First Bus for an explanation of the cancelled route extension, but did not receive a reply before going to press.

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