Hundreds demand better bus service

February 28 2014

PUBLIC transport is a top concern for Redland residents, a recent survey has revealed.

PUBLIC transport is a top concern for Redland residents, a recent survey has revealed.
Alex Smethurst, of Blenheim Road, sent the survey to 3,000 houses. He said the feedback was "overwhelming".
He received around 300 responses, with other concerns being raised about care for the elderly, and employment and support for businesses.
Mr Smethurst is now calling on First bus group, through a written letter, to provide a new service that will serve the residents at the heart of the ward.
He said: "Local residents deserve a better service. Rather than withdrawing services and isolating the elderly and vulnerable, which is not a desirable outcome for anyone, First should work with the surrounding local authorities to provide bus services, like the number 20, away from A and B roads and into local communities."
Although he has welcomed the bus company's decision to reinstate the number 20 back to its original route through King's Drive, he argues that many residents on Cranbrook Road still feel that their needs are not being addressed.
He added: "Many residents have strongly voiced their concerns that a new bus route is needed. A reliable and integrated public transport network will improve Bristol’s economy, reduce pollution and ensure sustainable travel options are more accessible to all."