Residents in Farmborough have been left fuming at changes to the route and timetable of the 178 bus service to Bristol recently implemented by FirstBus.
The alterations to the bus route have meant that most of the village is no longer served by the bus service, leaving many residents in Farmborough with no buses stopping near to their homes. The re-routed service has meant that the 178 will no longer go through The Mead, The Street and Hobbs Wall in Farmborough, meaning that residents of Hobbs Wall now have to walk along the busy A39 through double bends with no pavement to reach their nearest bus stop.
The changes were implemented as part of wider alterations to the route, which have also included changes to the route in Paulton so that the bus could be diverted through Timsbury.
Farmborough councillor Sally Davis has joined with local residents to express her anger at the changes and written to FirstBus calling on the company to rethink the route so that the service can be restored to the areas affected. Councillor Davis has complained to First that when the changes to the service were advertised, it was not made clear that Farmborough would be affected.
Cllr Sally Davis (Cons, Farmborough) said:
“I have been contacted by several residents, including local pensioners, who are clearly very angry at the changes to the 178 route. We feel that First hasn’t given adequate notice of these changes or consulted properly with local people. When the alterations were advertised it made mention of the impact on Paulton and Bristol, but not Farmborough.
“We feel this to be unfair and I have written to First calling on them to look again at their routing and timetable. The 178 service is vital to Farmborough as it provides access to the shops and services available in Keynsham such doctors’ surgery, and so I hope that FirstBus listens to the genuine concerns of local residents.”