Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, has condemned plans by First Bus to cut the route of the No. 36 bus service.
The No. 36 currently runs from Withywood in south Bristol to the City Centre via Hartcliffe, Hengrove Park, Knowle West, Knowle, Brislington and St Anne’s, however, Dawn has learned that bus company First will be withdrawing the service between Hengrove Park and Withywood from 29 March.
“First tells me they are making this change to improve punctuality and reliability of the No.36, however, while I recognise that the No. 36 bus needs improvement, I do not believe that cutting part of the route is the answer.”
“If the service between Hengrove Park and Withywood is taken away residents on this route will only have the option of using the No. 75 bus which means they will have fewer services overall. It also means that people needing to travel from Withywood or Hartcliffe through to Knowle or Brislington or beyond (or vice versa) will now have to change buses at Hengrove Park instead of benefitting from the convenience of a direct service.”
“I fear this change will impact on many passengers who rely on the No.36 bus service and will make travelling more difficult for some journeys.”