Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Ian Boulton, members of Southern Brooks Community Partnership and local residents gathered at the Bethany Hall in Filton on Friday (6th December) to launch a new community bus service, the Filton Flyer 555.
The new service began yesterday (Monday 9th December) and will operate on a donations-only basis prior to its official start date on Thursday 19th December.
The minibus will follow a brand new route and timetable which have been based on feedback through public consultation and all journeys will cost just £1.50.
The Filton Flyer 555 will take a circular route, providing an essential bus service for residents of Conygre Road and the wider Filton area, linking them with Bristol Parkway Station, Southmead Hospital, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (formerly Filton College), supermarkets and other local facilities.
Cllr Ian Boulton said:
“It was a pleasure to officially launch the new Filton Flyer 555 community bus service, which will provide a much needed lifeline for local residents. This new service delivers a valuable transport link for the Filton community and will enable essential access to a variety of amenities including Parkway Station, health services and other isolated areas.”
Filton resident Howard Bowker said:
“I believe this bus service will be a real asset to the community and I hope that the local residents will make full use of it.”
Another local resident, Jenny Stephens, said:
“It’s a good idea. There are a lot of people like me who struggle to get up the hill to the shops and now we have a bus to take us.”
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant low-floor minibus is thanks to funding of £50,000 which was awarded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to Southern Brooks Community Partnership.
Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council.
More info: Timetable for the 555 bus service [PDF]