Residents in the Weston area of Bath are celebrating the success of a campaign to extend a Sunday bus service in the village.
The campaign to improve the number 14A service in the area has been supported by local Conservative Councillor Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston). A petition was organised last year by local residents and presented to the Council’s transport team by Cllr Lees.
Following these calls, it has now been confirmed that the improved service will be implemented from the 4th of April as part of the Council’s bus service tenders for this year. The extended 14A Sunday service will now also serve Napier Road, Falconer Road and Leighton Road, a route normally covered by the number 17 service on Weekdays and Saturdays.
The revised 14A service will operate at 22 and 52 minutes past the hour from Eastfield Avenue and then proceed via Falconer Road before continuing to Bath and then Odd Down.
The funding for the service is part of almost £1 million spent every year by the Council on supporting local bus services, and comes after action taken last year by the Conservative Cabinet to save the number 20A&C service also serving the Weston area.
Cllr Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) said:
“This is a big success for those campaigning to improve our Sunday buses here in Weston. I would like to thank the residents who took the lead on getting the petition together calling for this bus route to be extended. I was more than happy to support this campaign as it’s very important for local residents, especially elderly residents, to be able to access public transport to get into the centre. I would also like to thank the Council’s transport officers who have agreed this improved contract. This has come after the Council managed to save the 20A and 20C service from being scrapped by First, albeit on a reduced timetable.”