Message from Dan Norris, Metro Mayor for the West of England
Buses in the West of England are facing a toxic mix of challenges. There is a critical shortage of bus drivers, passenger numbers are 25% down on pre-pandemic levels, inflation is spiralling and the Department for Transport has confirmed that all covid financial assistance will end in October. This will sadly mean bus cuts in the short term.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. I am proud the West of England Combined Authority has secured £105 million for bus services in our region – the second highest in the country – which will kick in next year.
This Summer the Combined Authority is holding a “Network Review” of all bus services. There are no easy answers here. There will be hard decisions to made with trade-offs and compromises. That’s why I need you and your community’s wisdom and expertise to help find the best path.
How to get involved
Join a public meetings which will take place 6.30pm-8.30pm on:
- 1 August at Yate Parish Hall, Yate, BS37 5NF
- 2 August at Southdown Methodist Church, The Hollow, Bath, BA2 1NJ
- 3 August at St Augustine’s Church, 2 East Dundry Road, Whitchurch, BS14 0LL
- 4 August at Brook Way Activity Centre, Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, BS32 9DA
Complete the survey by 31 August 2022.