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Meeting about the bus service 6th Dec. 7:30 pm

Open meeting with Managing director, First buses West England. Mr. Beezely, of Beech Avenue Residents Association, has been very active in working to get the bus service through Bath reinstated, as part of this, he arranged this meeting with James Freeman.

As you know First are now planning  to change the bus service so the route goes through Bath via North Parade and Manvers st. from 6th Jan 2019.

However James Freeman has decided to go ahead with meeting so he can find out what other concerns there are in the community. This is open to all residents, it is an opportunity for you to voice your concerns, so please come along.

Claverton Down Community Hall – Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7:30pm

Planned changes to U1 bus service

From 6th Jan.2019. First plan to reinstate the U1 bus service through Bath. The U1 will operate via Dorchester Street, Manvers Street, Orange Grove, Grand Parade and North Parade heading towards the University and via North Parade, Manvers Street and Dorchester Street heading away from the University.

The no. 10 will stop operating as it will not longer be necessary.

The 6th January date is the earliest possible date because 10 weeks’ notice for service changes are required by Department for Transport rules.

Please find below a link to an announcement regarding the University bus service.



Clean Air Zone Consultation to Nov. 26th

B&NES are proposing a Clean Air zone in the centre of Bath, Matt Cochrane gave us some background information on this at our Autumn Event last Thursday.

Today you should have received a card with your post from B&NES outlining the proposed CAZ. You have a chance to comment on this online on, or you can go to the One Stop Shop or the Library to complete the survey.

The general consensus in the meeting was that the CAZ needs to be extended to include the A36 from Pulteney Rd along Sydney Place to the Beckford Rd junction with North Rd to prevent our area being used as a rat run. Matt says that Sydney place and Gt. Pulteney St. want to be included in the CAZ.

Matt has says to change the boundary of the clean air zone it is important we all respond to the consultation. The BHRA committee can also write, but individual responses are needed to reinforce our position. We believe that it is important that we avoid becoming a rat run as traffic and pollution on the hill is already a problem. I hope you all agree.




Autumn Event 18th October & Newsletter

Our Autumn event is on 18th October, we hope many of you will be able to attend it will be a chance to discuss current issues affecting us with Matt, our councillor.

In particular the new bus services and routes and how that affects you. Also the closing of the Tesco car park and plans for the land.

We will serve drinks and light refreshments and have a raffle. It would useful for numbers if you can let us know if you plan to come. Entry is £5 per head. Any excess income after we have paid expenses for event will go to our chosen charity DHI.

Please read our newsletter for details and all the latest news.

BHRA newsletter letter Sept 2018

News from the Bath university

The University will have an open day on the 15th Sept.

Term starts and the students return on the 22nd – 23rd Sept.

Also they have appointed a new vice chancellor Professor Ian White.

Following meetings of Senate and Council held yesterday (Monday 3 September 2018), Professor Ian H White FREng has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath.

Professor White is currently van Eck Professor of Engineering and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and Master of Jesus College.


Bus Service changes

Here is a summary of how we understand our bus services are changing in September. 

Changes to Bathwick Hill Bus services

U1 University Bus : From 2nd September the U1 bus route will change. It will run the same frequency as it currently does.

The U1 bus will stop continue to stop at stops on Bathwick Hill, but will then go  along Pulteney Street to Rossiter Road, where it will stop near the Half Penny bridge for access to the train station and Widcombe, it will cross Churchill bridge and stop at Corn Street by the Avon Street car park.

The return journey will be the same route. It will run on the holiday timetable until the last week of September when the Term time timetable is reinstated.

No. 10 Bus a new service from 3rd September will run every half hour going to the Abbey on the current route. Running every 30 minutes.

into Bath from the University the first bus leaves at 9:00.last bus departs at 17:00

From Bath, Guildhall the first Bus leaves at 9:16 and the last bus leaves at 17:46.

Click link for first time table or pick one up on a bus.First bus services on Bathwick Hill

Other bus services you can use

 734 runs Monday to Friday from the Cleveland walk stop to Grand parade at 9:42, 11:38 and 14:48 it goes along Gt. Pultney Street to the Guildhall.

The Return journey departs by the Guildhall at 09:51, 11:46 and 14:56 and goes through Bathwick and up North Road stopping at the Cleveland walk stop.

94 to Trowbirdge  From Guildhall in Bath 10:08, 12:08, 14:08, 16:16 17:48

To Guildhall stop at Cleveland walk at 08:03, 09:56, 11:56, 13:56 16:01

Please note there are two other services of this bus a day that do not appear to stop on Bathwick Hill.

Further information at


The  Sight Seeing Bus

If you live near the University and have a bus pass you can use it to travel up North Road to the junction with Bathwick Hill, departing from Bog Island.  You are only allowed to sit down stairs. Do not try to get on at the Abbey as that takes you all the way around Bath.

Sign up for discounted parking in Bath for residents

A message from Matt Cochrane our councillor :
As you may be aware we’ve been working hard to lessen the burden for those living in Bath to travel and park within the city. Of course public transport is the preferred option but, on July 30th, residents who are registered for council tax will be able to register for a 10% discount in almost all council run car parks and on street parking in Bath.
There is a handy video in the press release below showing how to set it up, and the App is easy and quick to use to pay for your parking.
Bath &North East Somerset Council is changing the card payment pads on meters in Charlotte Street, Manvers Street, Avon Street and Kingsmead Square car parks.
Due to current Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security compliance standards the council is required to remove the existing chip and pin facility and replace it with contactless payment.
From Monday July 30 work will start to change the payment pads, which will take up to three days to complete. Once finished, it means there will be two meters in Avon Street which will accept cards (contactless), one in Manvers Street, one in Kingsmead Square and two in Charlotte Street. The remaining machines will still accept coins but not cards.
All updated machines will have cash and contactless card payments and because of an upgrade to the network the contactless payment transactions will be quicker using 3G which means they should be successful first time.
However the council is encouraging drivers to ditch cash and card and switch to the MiPermit app which means drivers can even pay for their parking before setting off or pay from the comfort of their own car when they pull into a space – avoiding having to queue at a meter.
On Monday July 30 residents with a MiPermit account will be able to add the Residents’ Parking Saver discount to their account. This means that residents will be ready to take advantage of the 10% reduction in daily parking charges when the new Residents’ Parking Saver discount  is launched on 13th August.  More information about the Residents’ Parking Saver discount is available at<>.
MiPermit also allows drivers to top-up their parking,  up to the maximum time available, if they think they are about to run out of time and risk a parking ticket. People using the app will see a 10p transaction charge, to cover administration costs. The fee is in line with most authorities and cheaper than others.
To help members of the public Bath & North East Somerset Council car park staff will be available from Thursday to Sunday during the peak times for card transactions in Avon Street and Charlotte Street car parks to help motorists if they have any payment issues and to show them how easy the MiPermit app is.
The changes mean chip and pin won’t be available in those four car parks until later in the year when the option will become available.”

More about Bus Service changes

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

Change to U1 bus services

First have applied to the council to change the U1 bus service from September 2nd so it only stops at Corn Street in town and crosses Churchill Bridge, the next stop being in Widcombe close the the railway bridge for access to the railway station.

James Freeman at First says this change in service is to reduce pollution in Dorchester street, Manvers street and the centre of Bath.

We and the other affected Resident’s association have objected strongly, as have David Martin for the Lib Dems and Matt Cochrane our local councillor.

The Federation of Bath residents Associations is discussing this at their meeting tonight. We have made it clear that we strongly object to the change to FoBRA, Mr. Freeman at First and Matt Cochrane. A compromise which would have a limited number of U1’s going through Bath is being suggested. We understand that Widcombe Residents Association also object to the change of route.

There will be a meeting at St. Mary’s Bathwick Church Hall on 26th July from 7:00 to 9:30 pm to meet Wera Hobhouse, our MP, and Mr Freeman from First will be there.

Click on link for details : Meeting 26:07:18

Newsletter & Open Gardens

Our Open Gardens will be on 16th June from 2:00 – 5:00pm, it will be on whatever the weather.

We will be collecting donations for DHI, our chosen local charity, at the tea which will be at Old Apple, Bathwick Hill ( close to White lodge up hill bus stop )

Numbers 19, 6 and 5 Bathwick Hill have very kindly volunteered to open their gardens. Access is from Madeira walk.

For more details & our news click on link BHRA newsletter May 18

Please take note of our GDPR request on the last page.

Thank you.