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Little Stoke bus driver thanked for actions

Posted on Sunday 15th September 2019 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of bus driver James Mills with passenger Rachael Jay.

A bus driver from Little Stoke has been praised for his actions in dealing with a series of medical emergencies affecting one of the regular passengers on his route.

First West of England driver James Mills has sprung into action on four separate occasions when regular customer Rachael Jay has suffered seizures or hypoglycaemic attacks whilst travelling on his service.

Rachael, aged 46, from Yate, suffers from epilepsy and has type 1 diabetes. She travels regularly on the Y2 service between Bristol and Yate.

She wanted to say a formal thank you to James, and so the two recently met up in happier circumstances at Marlborough Street bus station in Bristol.

Driver James, aged 27, has had to call for an ambulance on four occasions for Rachael when she has been suffering an epileptic seizure or hypoglycaemia caused by low blood sugar – once in Downend, once in Coalpit Heath and twice in Yate – staying by her side until paramedics arrived.

Rachael has since had her medication changed and says her condition is now “more under control”, but she wanted to thank James in person as well as raise awareness of the effects of epilepsy and diabetes and how it can affect everyday life.

Rachael, whose eight-year-old son Jacob has also recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, said:

“I want to thank James for being so brilliant and acting so quickly when I have suffered attacks on the bus. Living with epilepsy and diabetes can really affect your lifestyle and for James to have presence of mind and to act so swiftly on all those occasions really helped.”

Chris Hanson, head of operations, First West of England, said:

“We are very proud of James, who responded as we would hope all our colleagues would do in the same or similar circumstances. We are pleased that Rachael seems to be none the worse for her experiences and really touched that she has taken the trouble to recognise James for his actions.”

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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New multi-operator bus ticket introduced for Bristol area

Posted on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at 12:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Number 18 bus service pictured in Little Stoke, Bristol. A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

A new multi-operator bus ticket valid across the whole of the Bristol area could benefit passengers on routes in Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke that are served by buses from both First and Wessex.

The BristolRider ticket, offering unlimited travel for one day throughout Bristol and parts of South Gloucestershire (within Wessex’s zones A and B, and First Bristol’s zones 1 and 2), has been made available for an introductory price of £4.50. It allows travel on almost all the services provided by Abus, Bakers-Dolphin, CT Plus, CT Coaches, Faresaver, First, North Somerset Coaches, Severnside Transport and Wessex.

The new ticket, along with a similar one covering Weston-super-Mare, has been made available through work done by the West of England Bus Operators Association (WEBOA), which last September introduced an AvonRider ticket offering unlimited travel for one day around the whole West of England region for £7.20.

The BristolRider and AvonRider tickets are available to buy on bus, direct from drivers. Both tickets allow customers to hop on and off any of the different participating local bus services.

Talking about the extended range of tickets, John Burch, South West Regional Manager of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, said:

“Through the West of England Bus Operators Association we have been able to create these three multi operator tickets. This is a significant step forward for the region; for a long time bus users have been asking for a product which enables them to switch between different operators services, and now – with the help of all the operators in the area – we have such a thing.”

“The addition of the Bristol and Weston Rider tickets is expected to be particularly welcomed as they potentially cut the cost of travel for local people. Users will, for instance, no longer need to buy individual tickets or separate day tickets for each operator if they wish to use multiple operators services.”

Existing all-day tickets valid only on a single operator’s services are priced at £4 (for First’s Bristol FirstDay ticket) and £3 (for Wessex’s Dayrider ticket).

Related link: Bus Services in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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Braydon Avenue to regain frequent bus service

Posted on Friday 11th January 2013 at 6:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Connect bus services, Bristol

Braydon Avenue is to regain a frequent bus service from next week, when the Wessex Red no. 13 service is extended to serve Bradley Stoke.

Currently running between the Frenchay campus of the University of the West England (UWE) and Bristol city centre, the service will be extended to the Willow Brook Centre from Monday 14th January.

Buses will run every 20 minutes Monday through Friday and half-hourly on Saturdays. There will be no service through Little Stoke on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The route of the new service replicates part of that previously used by the 71 and 72, which were axed by First Group in September 2011. The Wessex Connect U7 and U8 services that replaced the 71 and 72 were themselves scrapped just twelve months later.

The new service will restore a public transport link between the Braydon Avenue/Stoke Lane area and major employers’ sites on the A38, such as Rolls-Royce, Royal Mail and Airbus.

Beyond Filton, the new service will visit MoD Abbey Wood before taking the Cheswick Bus Link into UWE. After that, the route passes through Stapleton and Fishponds before approaching the city centre along Stapleton Road and Old Market.

Currently, the only services passing along Braydon Avenue are the 312 Downend to Thornbury and the 482 Chipping Sodbury to Cribbs Causeway, neither of which operate more frequently than once an hour.

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New express bus service links East Bristol with UWE, MOD and Aztec West

Posted on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 4:55 pm by SH (Editor)

X18 bus service between Kingswood and Aztec West.

A new express bus service launched today (Wednesday 2nd January) links Kingswood and Emersons Green with major employment centres in the North Fringe of Bristol

The X18 service, operated by First Group working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, provides five or six journeys in each direction during both the morning and afternoon rush hours, Monday to Friday only.

First says the new service will use modern, low-floor buses that will “offer a better bus travel experience that will help persuade people to leave their cars behind and feel good about taking the bus”.

Features of the “executive-style” service include:

  • Individual leather seats
  • Free wi-fi
  • BBC news updates on screen
  • Next stop information
  • Free Metro newspaper

Locally, the X18 route will see buses enter the UWE Frenchay campus from Coldharbour Lane before heading along the new Cheswick Bus Link. After passing along a short section of Long Down Avenue, buses will visit MOD Abbey Wood before returning to the Ring Road and heading up to Filton.

Buses will then proceed north up the A38 Gloucester Road before entering the Aztec West Business Park.

A route map published on the Traveline South West website suggests that the buses will serve the complete loop of Park Avenue within the business park but this has yet to be confirmed by First.

More information: X18 Timetable (First Group)

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