Residents' calls for bus to serve Keynsham estate gets results

Published on: 30 Mar 2017

Five buses a day will be diverted to serve residents living at the top of Charlton Road and on the new Bilbie Green development in Keynsham, operator Abus has announced.

The change to the 349 service’s timetable has been introduced on an experimental basis following calls from Bath and North East Somerset Council, local councillors and developers as well as residents.

From Longmeadow Road, the 0714, 0911,1308, 1639 and 1833 departures from Temple Street to Bristol – and the 0836, 1236, 1600 and 1805 departures from Bristol Bus Station – will divert to pick up passengers from the area as of April 2.

Abus managing director Alan Peters said: “If the service proves popular other journeys may be diverted. If the expected passenger use is not forthcoming then the service will revert to its present route at the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, road layout changes in Bristol city centre as part of the Metrobus scheme will affect Keynsham and Saltford bus users as they mean Abus’s 349 and First’s X39, 38 and 39 will no longer serve Baldwin Street or Victoria Street.

On journeys to Bristol after the Temple Meads stop they will operate via Redcliffe Way, stopping by St Mary Redcliffe Church, The Grove, Prince Street stopping by Narrow Quay House, Broad Quay and Lewins Mead to Bristol Bus Station.

From the bus station, on journeys towards Keynsham, they will operate via Rupert Street, Broad Quay, Prince Street, stopping before Middle Avenue, The Grove, Redcliffe Way stopping opposite St Mary Redcliffe Church and rejoining the present route at Temple Meads stop.

Mr Peters said: “It is hoped that stops can be provided somewhere on the Centre for these services. This will happen as soon the present bus stop upgrading work is completed. Both ourselves and First regret any inconvenience that this unavoidable alteration may cause to passengers and hope that the alterations taking place will reduce congestion in the area, improving bus service reliability.”

In another change to Abus services, the operator has announced that the 442 service, from St Philips to Oldfield School via Hanham, Keynsham and Saltford, will be withdrawn from April 24 because of low passenger numbers. 

In a letter to Oldfield School, Mr Peters said: “We regret having to take this decision to withdraw this service but as you are aware these buses are provided on a purely commercial basis reliant on the revenue taken and unfortunately the work that the bus used to do in the middle of the day no longer exists leaving a large financial shortfall.”

Leaflets on the alterations are being provided by Abus.

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