September 2021: News from your local MP

August 31 2021

Save the number 18 bus

AS the local MP, I have long recognised the importance of public transport in helping people to get around our local area. It is why I was so concerned earlier in the summer at the potential loss of the 17 bus service and why I was pleased to join efforts from across our community to secure the future of this much-valued service.
But no sooner had we worked together to successfully defend this important link to Southmead Hospital than we received news from the West of England Combined Authority that they had decided to withdraw funding from the 18 bus service.
The number 18 bus is a vital lifeline to many residents, linking Kingswood to Bath.
 It is a service that many depend on for travelling to work, to school and to visit friends and family. The decision by the West of England Combined Authority to withdraw its subsidy without any consultation must be reversed.
I have launched a petition to reinstate funding for the 18 bus service and you can sign it via my website, www.chrisskidmore.com.
The petition calls on the West of England Combined Authority and the Metro Mayor to renew funding provided to the Number 18 bus service and allow it to continue to operate, keeping our communities in South Gloucestershire connected.
When subsidised bus services transferred from South Gloucestershire Council to WECA under the previous Mayor, there was a guarantee that services would be protected and improved, and I am determined to see WECA live up to these promises.
We need to see investment across all modes of transport – whether that is investing in the future of the A4174 Ring Road to improve traffic flow, extending MetroBus and public transport services, along with new walking and cycling routes.
Local people need to be helped to get around the area through a range of options that’s suitable and convenient for them, and this is something I will continue to campaign for as your Member of Parliament.