Campaigner's night bus fears
A TRANSPORT campaigner has urged Bristol's mayor to think again about his review of night bus services.
Last week George Ferguson announced that cuts to night bus subsidies would be reversed after a new agreement was reached between First Bus and the council.
But South West Transport Network's David Redgewell, pictured, said he was worried the £60,000 deal did not protect Wessex services, which were still set to be axed.
The campaigner said the loss of night time services to St Anne's, Hillfields, Whitchurch and Brislington excluded public transport users and damaged the night time economy.
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He told The Post: "It's excellent that the mayor has saved the service but there are gaps in the network. These gaps in the service exclude some of the most deprived wards in the city.
"I know the mayor has said he wants to look after the most vulnerable members of society so I would ask for a review."
He added the service could be saved with a "joined up approach" from the mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountsevens.
The new services operated by First are set to come into effect on March 24 and will supersede the existing Wessex contracts.
Bristol City Council spokesman James Easy said: "The new proposal has night bus services running six nights a week rather than just the current two nights. It actually covers more of Bristol than at present, including the majority of areas currently served, but reintroduces night bus services to areas of north-west Bristol (Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills, Stoke Bishop, Clifton, Redland, Henleaze and Brentry) that do not have currently have them.
"As there is significant route duplication it would be inappropriate and unaffordable to support both night bus service options.
"The six days a week offer significantly improves the overall attractiveness of the public transport network, particularly as return tickets would be available.
"First Group has indicated that they may expand the network without subsidy should this be successful."
The planned changes to services mean the council will increase funding from £40,000 to £60,000 for night buses.