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Filton Flyer community bus service to be axed after less than a year

Posted on Sunday 19th October 2014 at 11:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the Filton Flyer 555 bus service.

A community bus service designed to benefit residents of Conygre Road and the wider Filton area is to be axed less than 12 months after it was launched with the aid of a £50,000 grant.

The Filton Flyer 555 service, which began operating on Monday 9th December 2013, originally linked areas of Filton with Bristol Parkway Station, Southmead Hospital, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (formerly Filton College) and the Abbey Wood Shopping Park.

Following complaints that the one-way circular route was leading to excessively long journey times for some passengers, the route was later revised to omit most of the destinations beyond the Filton town boundary.

A report presented to the September meeting of Filton Town Council stated:

“The 555 service will be terminated on 31st October. This decision has not be taken lightly – data has been analysed on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, due to low passenger numbers, the service is financially unsustainable.”

To provide continuity of service, Four Towns and Vale Community Transport will be operating a dial-a-ride service to provide transport from the Conygre area to the top of Filton Hill, Sainsbury’s (East Filton) and Asda. Residents wishing to use this service will need to dial into the office (01454 868529) at least 24hrs in advance to book a seat.

The vehicle currently running on the route will be absorbed into the Four Towns and Vale Community Transport fleet.

Photo: Cllr Ian Boulton launches the 555 service in December 2013.

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Filton Flyer community bus service launched

Posted on Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 5:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the Filton Flyer 555 bus service.

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.”

More: Detailed timetable for the new community bus service »

Government grant will bring bus service to Conygre ward

Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 6:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Unused bus shelter in Church Road, Filton, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that the Conygre ward of Filton is to get its own volunteer-run bus service, thanks to the award of a £50,000 government grant.

The money, from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), has been awarded to the Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP), which will use it to purchase a low-floor minibus.

The Conygre area has been without a regular bus service since First Group axed the 71/72 service in September 2011.

Writing about their grant application in a recent newsletter, SBCP said:

“There is an older demographic in this ward so dependence on public transport is high. To access mainstream services, Conygre residents have to climb Conygre Road, which would be more aptly named Conygre Hill. As a result, residents of all ages and ability have been left feeling isolated and less able to access community services such as the library or doctors surgery. Furthermore access to a variety of amenities including vegetable shops that sell fresh fruit and vegetables have become very difficult.”

Local South Gloucestershire councillors Roger Hutchinson, Adam Monk and Ian Scott welcomed the news, saying:

“We are really pleased that residents in the Conygre area will now have access to a much-needed bus service thanks to these funds. In our regular work in the community we have been made very aware that better public transport is very much needed, so we have promoted this scheme at every opportunity. We congratulate the Southern Brooks Community Partnership for this successful bid.”

More: Total of £600,000 funding awarded across South Glos »

Nutfield Grove bus link feasibility study to be published in April

Posted on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 10:26 am by SH (Editor)

Filton bus services.

A report on the feasibility of constructing a bus link between Filton Avenue and Filton Abbey Wood Station via Nutfield Grove is to be published by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in April.

The news was revealed in reply to a question tabled at a recent SGC Planning, transport and Strategic Environment Committee meeting by Filton District Councillor Roger Hutchinson.

Chris Sane, Head of Transport and Strategic Planning, explained:

“Earlier this year, the Council committed within its Capital Programme to undertake a some feasibility work to determine the potential costs involved in improving bus access to the station so that potential funding streams can be identified if possible in the future. Therefore, we are currently preparing a feasibility design and detailed cost estimate for the construction of a bus link between Filton Avenue and Abbey Wood Station via Nutfield Grove. The design and cost estimate are programmed to be completed by the end of March 2013 and the findings will be reported in April 2013.”

Cllr Hutchinson also asked for feedback and information about whether the bus lane on Filton Avenue is working effectively. He was told:

“The bus lane on Filton Avenue was implemented as part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network in order to improve the reliability of services. The bus lane is used and supported by both Wessex and First Group whose services use the bus lane. Through officer observation the bus lane appears to be working successfully although we are aware that there is some abuse of the lane reported by First buses (car drivers using sections of the bus lane). We are currently investigating options for assessing and overcoming this issue.”

More: Jack Lopresti MP meets transport campaigners at station »


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