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Disabled passengers and Bristol Buses

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Message 1 - posted by wessex_now, Oct 5, 2006

Has anyone else noticed how the recent changes to some of Bristol's bus routes that saw Eurotaxis providing services are actually having a significant negative impact on the transport needs of the less-mobile?

The buses now running on certain subsidised (5**)routes e.g. the hourly Kingswood - lodge causeway - UWE service are now so inaccessible that a number of older and less mobile passengers are now unable to use them.

The Eurotaxi buses are largely old minimuses that lack a low step and have a very hugh wheelbase. This makes them much more difficult to board.

Is BCC aware of this problem? Is it hoping to get passenger numbers down on certain routes so it can use it as an excuse to remove its subsidy?
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Message 2 - posted by bristol_citizen, Oct 5, 2006

Same problem for pram and pushchair users too. It seems those most in need of the service can't use it.
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Message 3 - posted by Chris Kelly, Oct 5, 2006

This might be of interest:

www.thisisbristol.co...
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Message 4 - posted by withywood, Oct 5, 2006

eurotaxis are to stop running certin routes from 22nd december according to report in evening post some months back
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Message 5 - posted by withywood, Oct 5, 2006

The company started the contract on April 23 but on June 22 served six months' notice that it was quitting. Although the six months' notice expires just before Christmas, talks are under way to extend that into the new year to avoid disruption over Christmas.
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Message 6 - posted by Rob, Oct 5, 2006

Interesting, so what? It happens everywhere!
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Message 7 - posted by Sholesa, Oct 5, 2006

Sounds like this thread should have been titled "Passengers, and disabled buses!!!"<steam>
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Message 8 - posted by DaveHarries, Oct 8, 2006

I gather that come May 2007 there are 38 brand-new double deck buses due for Services 40, 41 & 43-45.

About time, IMO.

Dave
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Message 9 - posted by withywood, Nov 27, 2006

any news on what happening to euro taxis services
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Message 10 - posted by DaveHarries, Nov 28, 2006

Bristol Evening Post last night confirmed the appearence of the new buses for routes 40,41,43-45 at a cost of 7.5m. If anyone out there is a regular user of Service 75 then you will know what is comming.

The services that Eurotaxis are pulling out of are the journeys they won on routes 4,20,52,584-587 and they are pulling out of those routes on the grounds that they are "unviable". A bit cheeky really as the services are council subsidised. Bus services that are subsidised are those which are defined as "routes which are not comercially viable but which are socially necessary".

Once Eurotaxis have pulled out then we shall see which operator gets them next. I would guess that South Glos B&C will get them but we shall have to wait and see.

Dave
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Message 11 - posted by TheLocalYokel, Nov 28, 2006

Dave

It's a pity the old bangers on the 54 are not being replaced.

More and more seem to be single deckers, I presume because the old d-ds keep breaking down.
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Message 12 - posted by ChrisGlastonbury, Nov 28, 2006

Don't worry DY.

These old bangers will be replaced in a few years by the current new buses, which by that time, will be old bangers themselves.
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Message 13 - posted by withywood, Dec 11, 2006

just seen that first and south gloucestr bus companys to take over euro taxis route on january 21
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Message 14 - posted by withywood, Jul 13, 2007

no new buses yet

I gather that come May 2007 there are 38 brand-new double deck buses due for Services 40, 41 & 43-45.
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Message 15 - posted by DaveHarries, Jul 13, 2007

These were due in May but, after Wessex Connect won the contract for the Long Ashton P&R, the order from First was pushed further back in the queue.

The vehicles should now start to be delivered in September.

Dave
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