Don’t make me use my car!

Dr Jos Darling is just one of the inner city regulars using the First Bus U1 Bath University service but – he tells Bath Newseum – plans to change the route might force him back into his car.

He writes:

‘It has come to my attention that First Bus intends to re-route their U1 university bus service to avoid the city centre. As a resident of Henrietta Place to the east of the city, this changed route will add considerably to my morning walk, along with anyone else who lives in the north or east of the city.

Queues for the​ university bus at the Abbey stop have often stretched down West Gate Street.

There is little point in walking to the bottom of Bathwick Hill as the majority of U1 buses are full by this stage of the journey and it is likely that I will revert to using my car for the short journey up the hill thus adding to air pollution and the need for campus parking.

It seems odd to me that a bus service that should serve city centre residents is being removed from the city centre. This does not seem to be a sensible way to encourage the use of public transport and a failure on the part of the council in maintaining what is currently an excellent service.

The Abbey bus stop is now a pretty dangerous place.

I can understand the council’s wish to reduce city centre pollution but this might be better achieved through lower emission buses rather than merely cancelling a route that passes through the city centre. Using this logic one might as well cancel all buses as then Bath will be completely zero emission!

Yours sincerely,

Dr Jos Darling’