'How on earth will we get about?'
COMMUTERS in Bradley Stoke fear they will be left high and dry by more cuts to bus services.
Transport provider Wessex Connect has announced that the U7, U7A, U8 and the Monday-Saturday 482/483 service between Chipping Sodbury and Cribbs Causeway will all be pulled from May 20, for commercial reasons.
Helen Mundy is one of many people in the town who relies on the bus to get to work.
The Bluebells resident said it will make the "poorly served" south of Bradley Stoke even worse for public transport.
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The services being axed provide routes to and from the city centre and links to the University of the West of England and Cribbs Causeway.
Mrs Mundy, who works for Bristol City Council, said: "This action will cause extreme difficulties for residents in Bradley Stoke south as it will leave this half of the town with no public transport at all except an hourly service from 7.30pm.
"I find it unbelievable in this day and age that half of a large town can be left without public transport, particularly given the push to leave cars behind.
"Residents in the south of Bradley Stoke will have to walk to Orpheus Avenue – in some cases well over a mile or even two – to catch a bus.
"This decision has left a lot of people wondering how on earth they are going to get about and, not least, be able to get to and from work."
In September, Wessex Connect withdrew the 71 and 72 services which used to take in Bradley Stoke and replaced them with the U7 and U8, but now they are both being taken away.
In a letter to customers, Wessex Connect said: "Like all businesses Wessex continues to face challenges in the current economic climate with continued cost increases and limited opportunity to increase existing revenue without extortionate price increases.
"Following the recent decision by the Chancellor to continue with the fuel duty rate increase planned for August 2012, along with the reduction in Bus Service Operator's Grant by 20 per cent from April 2012 and current increasing fuel costs, we have reviewed our network of services and ability to operate services within the current climate.
"Discussions are taking place with local authorities in relation to these service withdrawals and should any agreement be reached for a continued operation of service(s), we will of course advise our customers accordingly. Wessex apologises for any inconvenience this may cause to customers, however this is brought about by circumstances beyond our control."
The Sunday and Bank Holiday 482 service will continue until further notice, operated under contract to South Gloucestershire Council.
A council spokesman said: "We have been notified that Wessex have lodged paperwork with the traffic commissioner to withdraw these services from May 20.
"Council officers are actively investigating the potential for alternative provision and will continue discussions with the operator about an interim solution."