This story slipped the net earlier in the month. It would seem that Firstgroup are feeling the pinch of the recession having decided to withdraw the 121 service from Bristol Airport to Weston.First defends proposed cuts to bus services
UNDER fire bus company First has defended its plans to axe two services in Weston.
The firm has been criticised this week after announcing cuts to the number four service from Hutton to Weston hillside and 121 service from Bristol Airport to Weston.
Weston MP John Penrose said he was 'deeply concerned' the changes will leave many people without access to public transport.
But Justin Davies, managing director of First Somerset and Avon, said a drop in passengers had left the company with no option but to propose the cuts.
He said: "While we understand that these changes won't be popular, they are necessary as the numbers of people using them do not make them sustainable in the long term.
"Like other businesses, we too feel the pressures of the tightening economy.
"In recent months we have seen a reduction in the number of people travelling for work and leisure purposes and this continues to have an impact on our business.
"We have looked carefully at the bus network in Weston and as a result we have registered some changes to the local network, the majority of which are designed to simplify it, with a view to making it easier for people to use it."
First is also proposing to combine the 3, 3a and 3c numbers into one service and the 5, 5a and 5c also into once service.
The changes, which will leave Hutton with no bus service, are set to come into effect on May 10.
For more information on the timetable changes log onto www.firstgroup.com/ukbus.
My quoted remarks in this thread last summer must have been listened to. :beer:They are not ideally designed vehicles as all suitcase luggage has to be placed in a section beneath the vehicle that has then to be closed by the driver from the outside thus slowing things down. I should like to see purpose-designed vehicles with room for luggage inside the vehicle as they have on the Glasgow and Edinburgh airport-city centre services, perhaps even double-deckers as at Edinburgh, although I don't think it's possible to buy combined rail/bus tickets at GLA or EDI.