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Last updated: Sun 9 Feb 2014

Changes to Nunney bus timetable

Nunney residents who rely on First Group’s route 161 bus to Wells and Frome face changes to the route’s timetable.

Nunney busFirst is making a number of changes to bus services in the West of England from 2 February. The changes affect routes in the following places: Bath, Bristol, Frome, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Salisbury, Wells, and Yeovil as well as some towns and villages in between – including Nunney.

The timetable for route 161 Wells-Frome through Nunney is being altered. From 2 February most buses will leave 10 minutes later than currently scheduled. This change is designed to reduce issues with congestion in Wells Bus Station.

First Group advises customers to check the new timetable carefully to ensure they understand the impact of what is happening.

As part of the alterations a number of improvements are being made to services between Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Bath. Specifically the frequency of buses (services 173, 178, 184 and 379) will be improved along common sections of their routes, making it easier for people to travel to and from the city.

At the same time a raft of changes are being made to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of services operating the West of England. While elsewhere some measures are being taken to ensure that the resources used to provide services match the demand for them.

Talking about the changes, Simon Ford, Commercial Manager for First in West of England says: “We are making a series of changes in February to bus routes in the area. In many cases the changes are positive, leading to improvements in the frequency on some key services, for instance those running between Bath and Midsomer Norton.

“At the same time we are also adjusting some other, less well used, services to better match the use of our resources against the level of customer demand. This means in some instances the frequency of buses will be reduced slightly and, or, that the provision of services on Sundays and Public Holidays may change. While we understand such changes can occasionally cause local concern it is only right that where our services are not well used that we review this, taking steps to use our buses elsewhere, where they are needed most and where they’ll benefit the greatest number of people.

“We would advise all customers who use buses in the area to check the new timetables for the affected services carefully so they can understand what is happening, and how the alterations may impact on them. The new timetables will be uploaded to the website from 21 January and will be made available in hard copy format, to pick up from travel shops, from 29 January.”

Specific changes to services in Bath, from 2 February 2014

Service 2 (Ensleigh – Bath Riverside): The route and timetable of this service is being altered from 2 February as First seeks to better match its resources against the demand for journeys. The changes, which work in tandem with those being made to Service 4 and Service 31, mean that Service 2 buses will start and terminate at Bath Riverside, instead of Kingsway (see Service 4). The frequency of buses running during the day (Monday – Saturday) is also being reduced to one every hour, while Service 2 buses will no longer run – due to low demand for them – during the evenings on Sundays and on Public Holidays. To minimise the impact of this change Service 31 (Lansdown Park and Ride) will serve all stops on Lansdown Road during the evening (Monday – Saturday) and on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Service 4 (Kingsway – Bathampton): The route and timetable of this service is changing. Specifically buses will start and terminate at Kingsway (instead of Bath Riverside) from 2 February while the section of route between Bath city centre and Bath Riverside will be covered by Service 2 instead (see details above). Buses will run every half an hour Monday – Saturday daytimes, with journeys evenly spaced with those on Service 265 over common sections of the route where possible. On Sundays and Public Holidays and during the evening (Monday – Saturday), buses will operate hourly providing a service between Bath city centre and Kingsway only.

Service 5 (Bath Bus Station – Whiteway): To provide a better and more consistent service for customers on Sundays and Public Holidays, the timetable is being changed. From 2 February buses will run every half an hour throughout the day (currently buses run every 40 minutes in the evening on these days). In addition the timetable across the rest of the week is also being adjusted to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of the service.

Service 6/7 (Bath Bus Station – Larkhall): The timetable of this service has been reviewed with changes made to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of buses on the route. In addition the frequency of buses running in the evening (Monday – Saturday) and on Sundays and Public Holidays is being reduced to hourly (compared to every 45 minutes at present). These changes better reflect the demand for services at those times. In addition the combined frequency of Service 6 and 7 buses on Saturday mornings is being reduced slightly; from 2 February buses at these times will operate every 20 minutes (compared with every 15 minutes at present).

Service 10 (Bath Bus Station – Southdown): The timetable of this service is being adjusted to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of buses on the route. In addition the frequency of buses running on Sundays and Public Holidays is being reduced (from one bus every 20 minutes to one every half an hour) to better match resources against the level of customer demand.

Service 13 (Foxhill – Bathford): The timetable of this service has been reviewed with changes made to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of buses on the route.

Service 14 (Weston – Odd Down): The timetable of this service is being adjusted to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of buses on the route.

Service 21 (Newbridge Park and Ride), Service 31 (Lansdown Park and Ride), Service 41 (Odd Down Park and Ride): To accommodate extra people expected to travel to and from a Bath Rugby fixture on 28 February a number of extra journeys are being added into the timetables of all three Park and Ride Services on that day. In all cases, the last Park and Ride bus to each site will be at 23.15 hours on this day.

In addition to that one-off change, a couple of permanent alterations are being made to Service 31. Specifically from 2 February the Monday to Friday off peak frequency is being increased, from one bus every 15 minutes to one bus every 12 minutes. This reflects the growing demand for the service. In addition, to compensate for changes made to Service 2, Service 31 buses will observe all stops on Lansdown Road in the evenings (Monday – Saturday) and all day on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Changes to services operating to / from Bath, Bristol, Frome, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Salisbury, Wells, and Yeovil, from 2 February 2014

Service 173 (Bath – Wells): The timetable for this service is changing as part of a package of measures designed to improve the frequency of buses between Bath, Midsomer Norton and Radstock. Affecting Services 173, 178, 184 and 379, the changes mean that buses along common sections of the route will run every 15 minutes (compared to every 20 minutes at present). Customers are strongly advised to check the new timetable to ensure that they understand what is happening

Service 178 (Bath – Bristol): The timetable for this service is changing as part of a package of measures designed to improve the frequency of buses between Bath, Midsomer Norton and Radstock. Affecting Services 173, 178, 184 and 379, the changes mean that buses along common sections of the route will run every 15 minutes (compared to every 20 minutes at present). Customers are strongly advised to check the new timetable to ensure that they understand what is happening, specifically as departure times for buses leaving Bath and Bristol on Service 178 will change significantly.

Service 184 (Bath – Frome): The timetable for this service is changing as part of a package of measures designed to improve the frequency of buses between Bath, Midsomer Norton and Radstock. Affecting Services 173, 178, 184 and 379, the changes mean that buses along common sections of the route will run every 15 minutes (compared to every 20 minutes at present). Customers are strongly advised to check the new timetable to ensure that they understand what is happening, specifically as departure times for buses leaving Bath and Frome on Service 184 will change significantly.

Service 264 (Bath – Warminster) and Service 265 (Bath – Warminster – Salisbury): A number of significant changes are being made to the route and timetable of service 265 from 2 February, while Service 264 is being withdrawn completely.

Specifically following customer feedback the route that Service 265 buses take through Winsley is being altered. From February buses will alternate via Tyning Road and Cottles Lane as they pass through the village, with one journey each hour on each route.

In addition to this the route that Service 265 buses take near North Bradley is being changed. From 2 February all journeys will operate via the White Horse Business Park instead of alternate journeys travelling via North Bradley. People in the village are instead advised to use other local bus services provided by the other operators in the area, changing as necessary to complete their journeys.

Service 375/X75 (Bridgwater – Wells): A number of changes are being made to this service from 2 February. Firstly the timetable is being amended to offer customers a better, more punctual and reliable service, along with faster and more direct services between Wells and Bridgwater at certain times. The changes mean though that the total number of journeys serving Catcott and Cossington will be reduced.

Specifically during the week (Monday – Friday) Service X75 will operate hourly (Monday – Friday) with additional journeys at peak times serving Bridgwater College. In addition Service 375 will operate every two hours (Monday – Friday) with buses serving Lippetts Way in Catcott instead of King William Road and Manor Road.

On Saturdays all journeys between Wells and Bridgwater will operate as Service X75. This change provides a fast and direct link between the two places, and better reflects the fact that most people wish to travel to these key destinations. As a result of the changes Catcott and Cossington will lose access to the service on this day.

Finally, journeys on Sundays and Public Holidays are being withdrawn. This reflects the low overall use of them and follows a period in which First has operated the journeys on a completely commercial basis (following the loss of local authority support some years ago). Put simply the company is no longer able to financially sustain the journeys. Those people who still wish to travel between Wells and Street on these days will find they are still able to do so, using Service 376 (which is being extended from 2 February).

Service 376 (Bristol – Wells / Street): The timetable and route of this service is being changed. Firstly buses travelling from Bristol will follow a slightly different route to the Old Market Roundabout (with buses towards Wells / Street no longer serving stop Ou in Old Market) while the vast majority of journeys across all days are being extended beyond Wells to Glastonbury and Street. Customers who wish to travel beyond Street towards Bridgwater and Yeovil, will need to change buses at Wells Bus Station.

In addition to this customers should note that the evening timetable is being improved with some additional journeys added in. These changes mean that the last bus to and from Street (across all days of the week) will be later than at present.

Service 377 (Wells – Yeovil): The timetable of this service is being adjusted. Specifically changes are being made to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of buses on the route, while some minor changes are being made to those college journeys, with one bus no longer serving Somerton. Those alterations do, however, mean that journeys will be more direct for the majority of customers.

In addition, in order to better match resources against the demand for services, the Sunday and Public Holiday timetable – which is currently poorly used – is being withdrawn from February. First has been running services on these days on a completely commercial basis since local authority funding for them was withdrawn some years ago, however this is no longer possible and as a result the journeys will be removed from the timetable. Customers wishing to travel should note that journeys on Service 376 will still operate on Sundays and Public Holidays giving people the opportunity to travel between Wells and Street should they wish to.

Service 379 (Bath – Bristol): The timetable and route of this service is changing as part of a package of measures designed to improve the frequency of buses between Bath, Midsomer Norton and Radstock. Specifically all Service 379 journeys will be extended beyond Radstock to Bath Bus Station from February, helping to create a 15 minute frequency of buses between along the section of route the buses share with Services 173, 178 and 184.

Notably between Paulton and Bath, Service 379 buses will follow the same route as Service 178 buses, with journeys spaced out to provide a service every half an hour. Buses will serve Old Mills, Tesco.

Customers are strongly advised to check the new timetable to ensure that they understand what is happening, specifically as departure times from Bristol are revised so that buses leave at XX35 minutes past the hour.

Similarly customers who currently use Service 379 to commute between Bristol and Shepton Mallet should also check their options as the current journey extension (which comprises of one journey a day in each direction, Monday – Friday) will be removed from 2 February.

People wanting more information about the changes, or wishing to view timetables for the affected services are advised to log onto www.firstgroup.com/bristol.

New timetables are available online and will be made available in hard copy format, to pick up from travel shops, from 29 January.

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