Save the 267!

Earlier this year, First Group announced that their 267 service between Frome and Bath would have parts of its route removed - the stops between Frome Market and Sainsbury's, and the leg through Rode would no longer be served. This provoked considerable protest, both in Frome and in Rode, from passengers who rely on this popular service in order to get to work or college, or to use the shops and other facilities in Frome and Bath town centers.

The route was shortened as announced in spring - however, following a public meeting, First Group confirmed that in response to passenger concerns, they would be reinstating the removed parts of the 267 route.

Unfortunately, First then dropped a further bombshell, stating that the entire 267 service was running at a loss, and would be on a six month 'use it or lose it' probation.

Meanwhile, although Rode is now being served by the 267 once again, there is no sign of the promised reinstatement of the Sainsbury's leg. At a public meeting which took place  in Frome on the 19th June with First buses general manager we were promised that the 267 would be reinstated to Sainsburys at the next scheduled  timetable changeover, their are still  some doubts as to whether this will now happen at all.

FAVBUG are campaigning for the well-used 267 to be secured along its entire route, and will be discussing the matter with First Group. Watch this space!

Help keep the 267 running to Rode

Choc On Choc make delicious hand made chocolates in Rode village. They are open 9 am - 5 pm. They sell end of line products directly to the public from their all you have to do is wave at one of their staff to grab yourselves a bargain. Their website is

The Bell Inn has recently changed hands they will be offering a range of modern contemporary gastro pub food. They will be open Tuesday - Sunday for the next  2 weeks and then Monday as well. Their opening times will be 11.30- 3.00 and 6.00- 11.30. Give them a call on 01373-830356 or visit their website at  as they are new why not give them a try.

The Mill at Rode is a pub/ restaurant that caters for all the family. They serve Butcombe beer which is a local beer along with all of your usual beers.  The mill are having a Halloween party  their soon so instead of taking your car or Broomstick why not take the 267. To find out more details call 01373-831100 or visit their website at

The Cross keys are another pub /place to eat in Rode that you might like to visit. They are open Mon & Tues 12pm- 2.30pm / 6pm- 11pm, Wed - Fri 12pm - 2.30pm/ 6pm-11.30pm, Sat 12pm-11.30pm and Sun 12pm- 10.30pm .To find out more details call 01373-830900 or visit their website at

If you are a crime drama fan you could also maybe visit the area were the suspicions of Mr Whicher was filmed.

For more details of events or places to visit in Rode  or  visit wikipedia. 
You can  also follow Rode on Twitter and Facebook.

SAVE your SATURDAY 161 and 424 from further cuts  

All Saturday bus users Somerset County Council plan to reduce funding to a lot of their Saturday bus services in May 2015. The 161 Frome - Wells and the 424 Frome - Midsomer  Norton are part of these proposed services which could have their funding withdrawn along with lots of other buses in the surrounding areas around Frome.  Please read on to find out how these proposed cuts might affect you and to take part in the Councils conssultation. The 161 is the only bus service to run along the Butts over the weekend so we need as many people to take part in the consultation as possible in order to save this much needed bus.

This was on Page 2 of the Frome Standard dated the 6th November. 

            Passengers of bus services subsidised by Somerset County council are being urged to have their say on proposed changes  to some routes.
         The consultation is now open and closes on December 29th . If approved the proposals will come into force from next May.
          They would see an expansion in demand Responsive Transport, which some people will know as the Slinky bus, to include areas which will no longer be, served by traditional public transport.
           These door to door services are used by members of the public who cannot access main public transport routes. Users would still have to register to use the service.
            The council wants to improve efficiency and value for money for the tax payer for both types of bus service.
            Routes ear marked for potential change include service 161 Wells -Shepton Mallett - Frome and 424 Frome Midsomer Norton.
              To complete the consultation, visit  this direct link to the survey or to receive a hard copy call Somerset direct on 0845 345 9155 

         For more details on how these cuts and others in your area might affect you next may follow the link below.

Scc decided on the 18th February not to go ahead with the proposed cuts in May.

The 267 is going to be cut from Rode village for a second time. First are using the evidence from their ticket machines as evidence of bus passenger usage. First bus have been giving out incorrect bus tickets to Rode villagers for over a year. First had been informed about this problem and their general manager informed them that this problem was going to be fixed. This problem is still going on Rode villagers are getting bus tickets saying Frome and Beckington. 
Rode could lose their bus for good this time but not without a fight Rode campaigners are getting ready for the fight of their lives.

Save the 161 and 184

First bus plans to cut the 184 and the 161 bus services on the 23rd of August. If the 161 is cut we will lose a link to our neighbouring town Shepton Mallet and the city of Wells. A lot of villages between  Frome and Shepton Mallet will be cut off completely as they will no longer have a bus service. The 184 is a link between Frome, Radstock and Bath. Villagers in between Frome and Radstock will be left totally cut off as the 184 is their only bus service.