James Freeman from First attended the University local Forum meeting last night. He talked about the change to the U1 route, and the introduction of the number 10 route.
In summary from Sept. 2nd, the U1 will run from Corn Street stopping on Rossiter Street near the footbridge to the railway station, and avoiding the town centre. This is to improve the efficiency of the service for the students, the main users of the service. He made the point that this is a commercial route, is not subsidised and as bus services are deregulated he can do this. First are also anticipating the clean air zone in the Bath City centre, so the change will reduce pollution in the centre of Bath, and First are upgrading its fleet to EURO 6 engines.
We can continue to use the U1 service but the only stop in Bath will be Corn Street. However First recognised that this leaves residents of Bathwick Hill who are less mobile with a long walk to the library, Post Office and top end of the town centre. In response to objections First will introduce the 10 service from the 16th September. This will go from the Uni into Bath via North Parade and the Abbey then return back up the Hill. It will run every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 17:30 on Monday to Friday. Return tickets will cost £2.50 return, and students can use the service with their bus passes, but will not get a reduced fare otherwise.
Currently all the residents associations, and FoBRA are objecting and campaigning for First to route some U1 buses on the old route, particularly at times when the 10 won’t be running. Also we are concerned at the lack of suitable bus shelters on the new route, but this is a matter for the Council.
James Freemen will be at Wera Hobhouse’s meeting at St. Mary’s Bathwick Church Hall, tomorrow night . If you want to comment or hear more about it please come along, click on link for details: Meeting 26:07:18