Friday, 12 August 2022

 The evening and Sunday D2 bus service is under threat. 


Frome and Villages Bus User Group (FAVBUG) would like to invite everyone to come to a photo call for a FAVBUG group photograph by the D2. 


This will be happening in the Market Place, Frome on Saturday 13 August at 820am. Please come and join us by Costa Coffee. 


We really need as many people as possible to come so really appreciate your help and support on this.


We have nearly 800 signatures on Cllr Sarah Dyke’s petition. If you haven’t signed it, please do https://www.somertonandfromelibdems.org.uk/d2




Sunday, 7 August 2022

 SAVE THE D2 BUS - PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION


Sign Cllr Sarah Dyke  petition to save the D2 bus service from significant cuts.


Click here to sign the petition: https://www.somertonandfromelibdems.org.uk/d2

Sarah is the prospective LibDem prospective candidate for the Somerton & Frome parliamentary constituency. She is also Cabinet Member on Somerset County Council and South Somerset Council.


Somerset is now a LibDem County Council.


So it makes every sense to sign her petition NOW and thereby exert every pressure we can to ensure Somerset County Council finds the cash to protect our D2.


And just a reminder to the changes that will be made in October to the D2


D2 BUS SERVICE TO BE SLASHED FROM OCTOBER

Somerset County Council have informed us today that the D2 bus service will be slashed from October. 


See details below:

• A reduction in services from 190 services a week reduces to approximately 90 services. The first bus service to Bath / Frome could also be threatened as this is what normally happens when a bus service hours of operation is reduced. We know key workers use this bus to travel to the Royal United Hospital and other places in Bath.

• Revised timetable on Mondays to Fridays on an hourly frequency with evening service removed. Last buses from Frome at 1755 and from Bath at 1910.

• Revised timetable on Saturdays on an hourly frequency which retains an evening bus service. Last buses from Frome at 2210 and from Bath at 2310.

• Sunday and Public Holiday SERVICE WITHDRAWN


Thursday, 4 August 2022

 The story about the 30 service cuts is on Page 7 of this week's Frome Times





Wednesday, 3 August 2022

 D2 BUS SERVICE TO BE SLASHED FROM OCTOBER


Somerset County Council have informed us today that the D2 bus service will be slashed from October. 


See details below:


• Revised timetable on Mondays to Fridays on an hourly frequency with evening service removed. Last buses from Frome at 1755 and from Bath at 1910.  

• Revised timetable on Saturdays on an hourly frequency which retains an evening bus service. Last buses from Frome at 2210 and from Bath at 2310.

• Sunday and Public Holiday SERVICE WITHDRAWN 


Also see in comments further bus changes across the First West of England network. Information provided by Somerset County Council.




Monday, 1 August 2022

Road closure to Oldford Hill from Monday 1st August 2022

 Oldford Hill in Frome will be closed to service D2 from first bus on Monday 1st and will remain fully closed until last bus on Friday 12th August (including weekend) for carriageway works.


Beckington village will be served as normal.


HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE BUSES?


FIRST BUS D2


Service D2 will be diverted via A361, Clink Road and Rodden Road to resume normal route at Princess Anne Road.


Service D2 heading towards Bath will operate the reverse of the above.


Regretfully the Bay Leaf, Frome College and Grange Road bus stops will not be served in either direction and passengers are advised to board or alight at the Sports Centre bus stops in Stonebridge Drive for travel in either direction.


FARESAVER BUSES X34


Between 1st Aug and 12th Aug the X34 will be unable to serve the following stops due to a road closure at Oldford Hill:

Oldford, Frome College and Grange Road.



Friday, 29 July 2022

 The following journeys on route 162 ( Frome - Shepton) will be suspended today 29th July 1215 F-S, 1315S-F,1615 F-S,1715 S- F,and 1800 service from Shepton will run as usual 



Friday, 22 July 2022

 IMPORTANT NEWS ON FROME BUS - 30 FROME TOWN BUS


Statement by Frome Bus:


'We took over operating route 30 from First  Group nine years ago when they were no longer able to do it. Since then we have continued to operate the route reliably until recently when as you are aware it has become increasingly difficult to maintain proper schedules due to the current industry wide shortage of drivers. nfortunately this situation doesn't look like improving in the short to medium term,  and as we have no desire to provide a  patchy unreliable service to you, it's with great regret that we have decided to give notice of our intention to terminate this route; the last day of operation will be Saturday 20th August 2022.

We thank you for your patience over the last month or so whilst we have struggled to maintain services and we assure you we will do our very best to provide a reliable service up to and including the last day of operation. 

In the meantime we are currently in discussion with Somerset County Council, with a view to then providing some sort of alternative service and we will advise you straight away when we have a better idea of what's happening. 

Frome Bus Limited 

22-07-2022'

FAVBUG understands that all other Frome Bus routes serving Frome and neighbouring towns will continue,

We are very aware that Frome Bus has done everything possible to recruit more bus drivers and they continue to look for more bus drivers. Other bus operators are similarly in need of more bus drivers.

If you know anyone who would like to work for Frome Bus as a bus driver please do give them a call: 01373 471474