Like every other council in the country, Bath & North East Somerset faces unprecedented challenges due to increasing demand for services and reduced funding.

The Council is assessing how it can save a further £16 million by 2020 – on top of the £27 million that is in the process of being saved, and the £15 million announced in the previous budget – while continuing to deliver essential services.  

We fund a number of supported bus services under contracts that are due to end during 2018.  The management of these contracts is jointly undertaken with the West of England Combined Authority, although all funding is currently provided by B&NES.

Why are we consulting?

To help us make decisions on the future of these services we are seeking the views of residents and users of the services as to the best and most appropriate way to proceed.  The responses will help us develop the detail of specifications for any contracts that are re-tendered. 

For ease of reference, specific issues in respect of each service are detailed in Other Related Information, Consultation Documents.  For all services, the Council intends that fares will be aligned with commercial fare levels in the area and consideration will be given to increasing fares where that would enable a saving to be made in financial support.  All consultees are invited to submit their views on specific issues such as timetabling, routing, frequency, fares, or any other matter affecting one or more of the individual services.  

The Council already makes good use of contributions from third parties, such as developers, to support a number of bus services and it will actively look to increase such contributions where possible, to reflect the wider benefits that bus services bring.

The bus services concerned are:

Services 2, 6A, 8, 9, 265 - Evening Services in Bath

Service 20A/C - Bath Circular services

Service 82/82A - Paulton – Westfield – Radstock Tyning

Service 172 - Bath – Midsomer Norton – Paulton (evenings)

Service 179 - Bath – Timsbury – Radstock – Writhlington (evenings and Sundays)

Service 672 & 67 - Blagdon- Bristol via Bishop Sutton, Chew Magna, and Dundry

Service 768 - Clutton – Radstock – Timsbury – Englishcombe - Bath

Service A4 - Early morning service from Chandag Estate in Keynsham

What happens next: 

Whereas bus operators are under no obligation to consult users before making changes to their commercial route network, the Council is keen to hear the views of users on the services it supports financially, to help inform its decisions.

Please could you submit any comments, proposals, or suggestions not later than Wednesday 31st January 2018, to so that these can be considered when decisions are made on the future of the services.

Consultation Dates

Consultation Dates:
11/01/2018 - 10:00 to 31/01/2018 - 17:00