First Bus intends to alter the route of Bus Service Number 3 from January 2018. The revised route will no longer serve the Elmhurst Estate loop in Batheaston but will run directly along London Road instead.
The Elmhurst Estate loop is an invaluable service for local residents, particularly those who are not able to walk to London Road to join a bus service there. This includes people who are older, less able or who have young children. The current route, which has been in place for decades, gives convenient access to Batheaston Medical Centre and local shops, as well as the city centre. No adequate alternatives to this bus service exist and the change will contribute to isolation and loss of independence for local people.
We the undersigned call on First Bus to maintain the Number 3 bus service on its current route through the Elmhurst Estate in Batheaston. We also call on B&NES Council to object to the alteration of this bus service route, particularly given the recent public investment in upgrading the bus stop infrastructure in the Elmhurst area and providing real-time information displays.
Petition organised by local Councillor Alison Millar (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07767 813586).