Thursday, 14 December 2017

CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE INFO 2017/18



267 & other First bus Christmas timetable information https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/more/christmas-and-new-year-bus-services-201718


Faresavers Christmas timetable information
Saturday 23rd December - Normal Saturday service
Sunday 24th December - Please refer to usual provider website.
Monday 25th December - No service
Tuesday 26th December - No service
Wednesday 27th December - Normal weekday service
Thursday 28th December - Normal weekday service
Friday 29th December - Normal weekday service
Saturday 30th December - Normal Saturday service
Sunday 31st December - Please refer to usual provider website
Monday 1st January - Please refer to usual provider website
Tuesday 2nd January - Normal weekday service




Thursday, 30 November 2017

Bus route alterarions during Fromes Christmas lights switch on 1st December 2017

The closure of Market Place, Frome will take place on Friday 1st December between 16:30 and 21:00
Whilst the closure is in place the following arrangements will apply:

FIRST BUS
267, after serving the Hospital, will divert via Rodden Road, New Road, Portway, Christchurch Street East with specifics thereafter as below:
The 16:30 & 19:10 departures from Bath will operate as above then via Cork Street using the car park as turning point, picking up/dropping off any passengers outside.
The 17:32 & 19:55 departures from Critchill will also serve Cork Street and will operate the reverse of the main diversion route
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The 17:30 service 267 from Bath will operate the main diversion route but is unable to serve Cork Street as the car park area will be closed. It will operate direct from Christchurch Sreet East to Christchurch Street West.
The 18:25 journey from Critchill will terminate at Christchurch Street West


FARESAVERS 

X34 - The 1650 and 1725 departures towards Trowbridge will pick up from Fromefield and operate via normal route towards Beckington.
X67 - will operate from Berkley Road via Rodden Road, New Road, Wallbridge, Portway and Christchurch Street East to Christchurch Street West. The closest stops to the Market Place will be The Memorial Theatre stop on Christchurch Street West and Frome Football Ground on Berkley Road.




Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Frome Christmas Light Switch On: Friday 1st December

Bus Service changes due to Frome Market Place road closure: 1630-2100
The following bus services will avoid Market Place and pick up on Christchurch Street East & at Gore Hedge (opposite The Corner House Pub) :
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First Bus 267 (To Bath) 17.31 19.55 ( Christchurch Street East )
First Bus 267 17.31 18.28 19.54 ( Christchurch Street East )
Frome Minibuses 53 Warminster at 1715 and 1815 ( Gore Hedge)
Frome Minibuses 58 Westbury 1710 (Pick up Berkley Road)
Frome Minibuses 58A Westbury at 1713. 17.40 (Drop off Berkley Road)
Frome Minibuses 162 Shepton Mallet at 1620
Frome Minibuses 414 Midsomer Norton at 5.20
Frome Minibuses 30 Berkley Down and The Mount from 1605 onwards
Frome Minibuses 67 Terminate Berkley Road
Frome Minibuses 669 Gorge hedge (Shepton 1830 drop off)
Libra Travel 184 Midsomer Norton at 1750

All other services:
Faresaver Service X34 Chippenham at 1650 and 1725 starts from Berkley Road
Faresaver X34 To Frome 16.40. 17.15. 18.00
Faresaver X67 16.33. 16.57. 17.57. 18.26. 18.56
Faresaver X67 (To Bath) 17.20


Friday, 13 October 2017

After the 15th October the old £ coins will no longer be accepted on buses. The old coins  will be accepted & given out in change up until the 15th. If you have any old £ coins left after the 15th October they will need to be exchanged at a bank.



Saturday, 23 September 2017

267 route during Frome Carnival 2017

Closures associated with the Frome Carnival, taking place on Saturday 23rd September, will mean service 267 will be unable to serve Market Place & Critchill Road whilst the closures are in place.

The following journeys will terminate and commence service at the Medical Centre:
19:55, 21:55 from Critchill Road
17:30, 19:10, 21:10 from Bath Bus Station
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The following bus stops will not be served by the aforementioned journeys:
Whitestone Road (both directions)
Selwood School (both directions)
Frome Town Football Ground (both directions)
Windsor Crescent (both directions)
North Hill House (both directions)
Market Place (both directions)
Memorial Theatre complex – Weymouth Road
Portland Road – Royal Oak – Police Station
The Acorns – Westover – Critchill Close
 Westfield Road – Ecos Court




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

To clear up any ticketing issues between First & Faresaver

First will NO  longer accept Faresaver tickets on any of their evening 267 buses



Monday, 11 September 2017

The Butts is now  re opened.

The x67 & 267 will now be going back along the Butts






Monday, 4 September 2017

Do you miss the old timetable booklets were everything was in one place? You could make your own just follow the instructions below

1) Unfold your timetables and lay them out flat on top of each other. ( this works if the timetables are similar sizes )
2) Staple them all  together at the top left hand corner
3) Refold them all together along the creases
...
You will then be left with your own booklet & all of your timetables together

Thursday, 31 August 2017

NEW  267 time table is out

Pick your new timetable up from our bus stall this Saturday. We will be outside Nationwide in Frome from 0815 until 1200. Along with the New 267 timetables we will also have all of your other local timetables along with plenty of information.

If you should miss us at our stall you can pick the new 267 timetable up from the following ...
Discover Frome at the Black Swan Frome
Frome Town Hall
Bath bus station





Warning for 267 users

Their is an error at the end of the new timetable from Bath to Frome showing lots of dashes. I can assure bus users that the 267 will not terminate at Frome market place at any time of the day or night. These notices are on the 267 bus to explain the new route. View the NEW timetable here https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/maps/267_Web_0.pdf




Thursday, 17 August 2017

New evening & weekend bus service for the Butts in Frome

Frome & Villages bus users Group have been working with First Bus on the 267 route.
After feedback First Bus have amended the 267 route. This has resulted in a new weekend & evening bus service to Sainsburys & The Butts in Frome from the 3rd September the 267 will be stopping at both locations.

Bus users will have a 1/2 hourly Mon - Fri service with the 267 & x67. ...
Evening bus service past 8pm until midnight
Weekend hourly Saturday service & 2 hourly Sunday service






Thursday, 10 August 2017

267 Route change from 3/ 9 /17

The 267 will be take the following route

Departing Frome market place from Bath it will travel up Bath street into Christchurch Street West, Badcox, Broadway, Oakfield Rd, Critchill Rd,  (Omitting Green lane & Weymouth Road ) Marston lane, SAINSBURYS, The BUTTS, Frome market place
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Departing Frome to Bath
Frome Market place, Frome hospital, Brunel way, Oldford, Beckington, Rode, Norton ST Phillip, Hinton Chaterhouse, Bath

WARNING the following 4 stops will no longer be in use
The stop directly outside the  Memorial   Theatre new Stop  is on opposite side of the road
Stop near The Artisan pub new stop is the Weymouth Road stop on the opposite side of the road or at the bottom of Broadway
Green lane new stop is at the junction of Critchill road & Green lane
Eco's Court  closest new stop at the junction of Critchill road & Green lane or the stop at the bottom of Weymouth road




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

I am all for supporting bus operators spotted this post on Faresavers Facebook page


We are pleased to announce that we will be the title sponsor of the 2017 Chippenham Carnival taking place at Monkton Island on 12th August 2017. This will be our first venture working in conjunction with Chippenham Connected who are organising the carnival after a gap of 16 years. We are excited to see how much work and planning are going into the event, there will be action on the day from 12:00 midday to 8pm.
We will be displaying one of our modern environmentally friendly, accessible buses along with meeting the public and distributing local transport information. As well as meeting our regular passengers, we also hope to meet local residents that haven’t been on a bus in 16 years. Come and meet us and see what we have to offer, we think you may be pleasantly surprised!

If you are in the area or fancy a day out why not take the x34 across to  show your support

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Road works on B3090 Bath road out of Frome 12 - 25 July

Expect delays to all bus services that travel through that area. Please be patient with your driver as the situation is beyond their control and they are doing their best to get you to your destination. If you have an appointment I would advise you to travel on an earlier bus to be on the safe side




Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Acess to public transport can aid in the recovery of mental illness

Mental illness is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The economic and social costs in England are estimated at around £105 billion a year’1

Mental health is beyond doubt one of the most important issues of our times and successive governments have made clear statements of commitment to tackling the problems that poor mental health engenders both in individuals’ lives and in society as a whole. There has been an increased drive to improve social inclusion for those whose illness can so easily create barriers between them and their community. Given that public transport plays such a significant role in social inclusion it is surprising to find very little research about the relationship between good access to public transport and good mental health. Public transport is not, for example, generally recognised as being an integral part of a person’s ability to recover from a mental health crisis.  But have we overlooked its importance for too long?  Just how vital a part does it play and what barriers do those with less visible disabilities such as a mental illness experience?  This report seeks to address that deficit and examine both the importance of public transport and its accessibility. Drawn from the direct experience of sufferers from across the country it provides a compelling insight into this important subject.

Importance of Public Transport

The evidence produced from this survey speaks loud and clear.  It tells us that access to public transport is a key determinant in a person’s chances of achieving maximum recovery and being part of their community. 83% of respondents said it was ‘very important’ to their mental health.  It has the potential to ‘liberate’ a person from the downward spiral of poor mental health, social isolation, poor life opportunities and to engage them with education, cultural opportunities, voluntary employment and paid employment.  Respondents tell us that such opportunities are crucial to their ultimate recovery and without being able to access public transport they simply cannot achieve it.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Frome could lose its evening bus service to and from Bath after Frome Town Council does not extend subsidy. Read the full story here http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/frome-could-lose-evening-bus-184362




My favourite part of being a bus campaigner running our bus stall, its a great way to engage with bus users. We had a good day giving out lots of timetables and information as part of Catch The Bus Week 2017. Even had time for a few photo's









FALSE RUMOURS

Several bus users on Saturday asked if the 162 Frome to Shepton bus is going to be cut.

I can confirm after talking to Frome minibuses that the 162 is NOT going to be cut. I was told by Frome minibuses that the 162 is going from strength to strength. The 162 operates 2 hourly Monday to Friday only. Hope this puts that rumour to bed.



Thursday, 6 July 2017

As part of catch a bus week we will be having another bus stall this Saturday.
We will be outside Nationwide from 8.30 until 12.30 giving out timetables & info. See Below a sample of some of the timetables that we will be giving out


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

x67 route during the Butts road closure 28/ 6 / 17 till the 23/ 8 / 17


The Butts road closure resumes 28th June until 23rd August
This will affect the x67 and 162 the closest bus  stops during the closure are the market place or the Grove






Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Delays due to Glastonbury Festival

Don't forget that Glastonbury festival starts today 21/ 6/ 17

Expect delays to the 162 bus service and any buses in the  Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury and possibly street area. This is beyond the bus drivers control and they will do every effort to get you to your destination


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Diversion for the 162 Frome - Shepton Mallet service during the Butts road closure 22nd May - 10th July


The 162 will leave Frome market place as usual then go past Gorhedge into Rossitors road before rejoining the Butts and travelling onto Sainsburys.

Bus users who usually catch the 162 along the Butts will have to use the Frome Market place or the Grove bus stops


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

x67 diversion route during the Butts road closure

A section of The Butts in Frome will be closed to traffic between 22nd May and 10th July. During the closure X67s will operate as normal to Sainsburys before diverting via Marston Lane, Green Lane, Weymouth Road and Christchurch Street rejoining normal route at Frome Market Place.



Thursday, 4 May 2017

Frome's new County Councillors 2017

Congratulations to all of our new County councillors

County Election results: Frome North: Linda Oliver (Conservative), Frome East: Martin Dimery (Green) Frome West: John Clarke (Green)


Monday, 1 May 2017

Watch the 267 evening bus interviews on BBC breakafast 1/ 5/ 17

The fight to protect essential bus services across Somerset is covered on BBC Breakfast today with this report on the threat to Frome's evening 267 bus service to Bath.

Richard Westcott BBC transport correspondent interviewing Holly Suptka and Josh Lucas from Frome about how threatened  cuts to the 267 will affect them.  Also interviewed Giles Fearnley Managing Director, First Group Bus Division.
To watch the interviews use this link











Tuesday, 11 April 2017

These road works may seriously affect the X67

Road works at Broadway in Frome 10th April until 5th June
Road closure Butts in Frome May 22nd until July 10th

Check back for future diversions to the Butts. They may also have to divert again in June when both road works overlap


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Interesting article on buses on the BBC breakfast show 4/ 4/ 17.
if you missed the BBC1 breakfast show piece about buses it starts at 0753 and can be watched here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006v5tb
Great speech by Lianna Etkind from Campaign for Better Transport about bus cuts and bus franchising


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

From the 2nd April we are merging our Bath and Bristol Outer Zones, with no change to the price. Meaning you can travel anywhere in Bristol, Bath and as far as Clevedon, Midsomer Norton, Portishead, Nailsea all in one ticket. To view the new Outer Zones map visit https://www.firstgroup.com/…/Bath_Bristol_Combined_Zones_Ma…

To find out the prices for the BATH OUTER ZONE fares
Enter zone type as Bath outer and leave the other 2 options as all and click search
https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/tickets/ticket-prices -







Wednesday, 22 March 2017

BBC national News filming the 267 bus cuts story 21/ 3/ 17

Huge thank you to Holly, Bethany  and Josh who agreed to be interviewed by the BBC on the 267 at 2110 from Bath to Frome