More changes on way for No5 bus service
Published on: 02 Feb 2016
BUS operator First is looking again at the number 5 bus service – but don’t hold your breath for an immediate reintroduction of the link to Downend.
The company decided that the route should terminate at Oldbury Court from April last year in an effort to improve punctuality.
But last month it announced: “In the past few months it has become obvious that the 5 isn’t running as it should and needs to be improved.”
It held an online consultation, saying: “We recognise that bus services are often lifelines for communities, therefore we want to know what we can do to better serve the communities along our Service 5.”
Two public sessions took place, in St Werburgh’s and at Fishponds Library, and First general manager for Bristol Jenny MacLeod said the resulting changes to the service would come into effect on April 24 this year.
The bus company’s focus is on improving the reliability of the buses along the current route from the city centre to Oldbury Court through St Werburgh’s, Eastgate and Fishponds but it has not yet addressed Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council’s concerns about the loss of the Downend link.
This has left people in Overndale Road without easy access to Downend’s shops, restaurants, banks, building societies, the Post Office or Downend Library.
It has also meant there is no direct route from Downend via Stapleton to the Eastgate Centre, because First had already dropped the number 4 service in 2014.
The bus company’s latest timetable changes, introduced on January 10, included alterations to the 17a service from Keynsham via Staple Hill to Southmead Hospital.
First also reinstated the 81 service to Lodge Causeway and the Hillfields estate following protests from residents.