Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore is backing a campaign to protect under-threat buses which keep local rural communities connected.
The number 17, which is run by operator First and connects the likes of Longwell Green, Hanham and Kingswood with Southmead and Cossham Hospitals, is set to be split in two, forcing residents to change in Kingswood in order to continue.
This followed a review of funded services by the West of England Combined Authority which, despite significant opposition to the change, saw no public consultation at all.
Having listened to the concerns of residents’ and NHS staff over the intended change, Chris is taking up the fight and has written to the Combined Authority, calling on them as the local transport authority to reconsider the change and invest in supporting the service for the long-term and has engaged with South Gloucestershire Council to garner their support for the campaign.
Chris Skidmore said: “Every bus that serves our area is a vital lifeline that keeps our communities connected and the 17 is no exception. With so many people relying on it, for getting around, for work and for medical appointments, there is no question that it is a service that needs to continue.
“It is disappointing, therefore, that WECA have chosen not to consult passengers on this change and, having written to the Combined Authority to impress upon them the importance of continuity, I hope they will see the merit, not only in more comprehensive engagement with service users, but also in keeping this service on the road.”