Bus service changes on way

April 04 2017

BUS company Abus is withdrawing its twice a day 442 service and making changes to routes served by the 441 and 443.

BUS company Abus is withdrawing its twice a day 442 service and making changes to routes served by the 441 and 443.

The 442, which is largely used by students attending Oldfield School in Bath, travels through St Philips, St George, Hanham, Longwell Green, Keynsham and Saltford before arriving at Oldfield School at 8.20am.

Local stops include Bryants Hill, Memorial Road, Whittucks Road and Chapel Road.

The bus makes a return journey from Oldfield School at 2.55pm.

Abus says it will withdraw the service from April 24 due to low passenger numbers which means the route is no longer financially viable. Changes to the 441 and 443 are as follows:

Service 441 (Kingswood – Hanham Common – Oldfield School) 

The service will be extended to start from Cock Road in Kingswood and will operate via Court Road, Kingswood High Street and Soundwell Road, resuming its present route at Cossham Hospital. It will operate via Memorial Road and Whittucks Road in Hanham. The service will not pick up or set down between Stonehill and Oldfield School

Service 443 (Fishponds – Downend – Staple Hill – New Cheltenham  – Warmley – Bridgeyate – Cherry Gardens – Oldfield School) 

The service will no longer operate via Woodward Road or Long Beach Road but there will be no change to the rest of the route.

Oldfield headteacher Steven Mackay wrote to parents informing them of the changes saying: "Redfield, St George, Hanham High Street, Keynsham and Saltford will no longer be served by an Abus service. Abus have indicated that there are a number of alternative services from these areas but appreciate that these will not be as convenient as the current service for some students. They will be providing a leaflet detailing these changes before the Easter holiday."

Meanwhile, bus operator First is making changes to a number of services from April 30.

These include scrapping the number 16 route from Hanham through Kingswood and Fishponds to Bristol Parkway, which the company says is not commercially viable. South Gloucestershire Council has sought other operators for the service but none has been able to provide it for the funding available. 

People from Hanham travelling to Kingswood and Cossham Hospital are advised to use the 17 service, which runs every half an hour. Service 19 and 19A provide connections from Kingswood to Bristol Parkway and UWE Frenchay Campus. Services 42 and 86 provide connections from Court Road to Kingswood. More information can be found on the council website.