New bus service for Filton
Published on: 18 Oct 2013A bus service just for Filton is now a reality after £50,000 funding was secured to obtain a vehicle. Details of the service have not been finalised but it is understood the bus would run a regular service across all three wards in Filton, filling in the gaps not provided by the larger commercial services. This will be of particular benefit in Conygre which has been without a proper service for some time. Funding has come from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) as part of a £600,000 initiative across South Glos. Filton councillor Ian Scott said much of the credit must go to Katie Donovan of Southern Brooks who was instrumental in pusing the project. He said: “Katie Donovan deserves a lot of credit for ensuring this was a successful bid. This will enable us to work with Four Towns Community Transport to deliver a bus service in Filton especially in the Conygre Ward which has suffered from a lack of bus services since First Bus withdrew their services.” The service will be run in conjunction with Four Towns & Vale Link Community Transport which runs an on-demand service currently. A meeting of Filton Town Council was told that the new service would possibly cover all parts of Filton as well as Monks Park Avenue, Parkway train station and the main shopping areas, including the redeveloped Abbeywood Retail Park. A South Glos spokesman said: “A number of schemes promoting sustainable travel in local communities throughout South Gloucestershire have been approved for £600,000 of funding through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). “The LSTF is a central government funded project running across the West of England to increase sustainable travel. A total of £600,000 funding has been allocated to support a range of projects across South Gloucestershire which have been suggested by communities, voluntary groups and schools. “The maximum amount of funding that could be applied for was £50,000 for each single project, and a total of 18 individual projects have been awarded funds.” Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said: “This funding comes as welcome news and will further improve sustainable transport facilities in South Gloucestershire. “This additional funding boost will deliver a sustainable travel legacy for generations to come.” Fuller details on when the service will start, route information and fare prices will be available in the coming weeks.