Little Stoke looks set to lose three of its bus services within the next two months following the announcement that Wessex Connect is to withdraw the U7, U8 and 482 from Sunday 20th May.
The U7 is a daytime and evening service operating between Cribbs Causeway and the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE). In Liitle Stoke, it runs along Stoke Lane and Braydon Avenue before heading south to Parkway Station.
The U8 is a peak hours only service between Bradley Stoke North and Bristol city centre, which travels along Braydon Avenue and Stoke Lane before heading south down the A38 Gloucester Road towards Filton.
The 482 operates between Cribbs Causeway and Chipping Sodbury via Winterbourne – also passing along Stoke Lane and Braydon Avenue.
The axing of the U7 and U8 comes just ten months after Wessex Connect introduced them as a replacement for the former 71 and 72 services, which ran hourly throughout the day and also served Little Stoke Lane, Kingsway and Gipsy Patch Lane.
The latest cuts will leave the hourly, daytime-only, 312 Thornbury to Fishponds service as the only one running along Braydon Avenue, following the earlier withdrawal of First Bristol’s 73A service in September 2010.
Wessex Connect’s withdrawal of the 71 and 72 created a storm of protest when it was announced last summer, culminating in heated exchanges at a well-attended meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum in Filton on 30th August.
The operator says it has been forced to make the latest cuts because of the challenges it faces in the current economic climate, citing continued cost increases and “limited opportunity to increase existing revenue without extortionate price increases”.
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