Roadshows to be held in Yate and Thornbury on bus fares

First is holding bus fare consulation roadshows in Yate and Thornbury

First is holding bus fare consulation roadshows in Yate and Thornbury

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

A ROADSHOW asking bus passengers their views on the cost of travel is coming to Yate and Thornbury this month.

Last week we reported how First had launched a public consultation looking at bus fares across the greater Bristol area. This week, the company revealed it is holding a number fo engagement events including one in Yate Shopping Centre on Monday, February 17 (9am-12.30pm).

The roadshow will then move on to the St Mary Centre in Thornbury (1.30-5pm).

Managing director Paul Matthews said: “We completed an extensive consultation with bus users – and non users – in Bristol last year, asking people how they used the buses, what tickets they bought and what they thought about the cost of travel.

"Having analysed the results we implemented a series of radical changes to bus fares in the city last November.

“We are now looking at the wider West of England area and plan to review all of our remaining services. This is a mammoth task but it is an important one. We need to better understand how people use our buses, how frequently they travel and for what purpose.”

For a full list of the 16 customer roadshow events being held as part of the Fairer Fares For All consultation or to complete an online survey visit

The closing date for comments is March 16.

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