First Group plans to axe Bradley Stoke bus routes

First GroupTransport operator First Group plans to axe the 74 and 74X bus services that run between Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke and Bristol city centre, according to a report in the Bristol Evening Post.

The 74 service currently runs once a day in each direction, picking up at Ellan Hay Road, Bradley Stoke at 7:04am and returning from Bristol at 5:43pm. The limited stop X74 service makes one journey a day, picking up at Ellan Hay Road at 7:42am. Both services operate Monday-Friday only.

The company claims that low customer demand is behind the proposed changes, which will come into effect on 1st February next year.

Bradley Stoke Mayor Robert Jones is quoted as describing First Group’s actions as “death by a thousand cuts”, while town and district Councillor John Ashe complains that “First hasn’t even had the decency to consult local residents about the impact that these ill-thought through changes will have”.

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