FIRST Bus have announced they plan to review changes to services that left North Yate without a bus thanks to heavy campaigning from the area.

MP for Thornbury and Yate, Luke Hall and other campaigners and councillors had meetings with the company following the announcement of the proposed changes that would have seen Cranleigh Court, Greenways Road, Wellington Road and others with no public transport.

After meetings and consultations that the company had with campaigners from the area, they have revealed a review is to take place after they 'made a mistake'.

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Proposals, which were announced by First Bus on Thursday, August 2, meant that up to 6 of the services linking the town to other parts of South Gloucestershire and Bristol were to be rebranded into “Y Services” as part of a project to provide faster and more direct routes connecting towns in the area.

This would have seen North Yate left without a direct route to Bristol.

Concerns were raised by residents who were left concerned, upset and angry at the proposals to reform the 46 and X46 routes. The new routes would only have served Station Road, bypassing the Brimsham and North area.

James Freeman of First Bus said of the review: "Following the feedback we received from many quarters, we have re-considered the route of new service Y3.

"Although we believe our proposed routes are commercially sound and were put together for the right reasons, we also want to ensure that we respond with positive action to the feedback we have received.

"The revised route will still ensure that Service Y3 provides a direct and fast link between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol, however, will also ensure that a service to Iron Acton Way and Cranleigh Court Road is still provided.

"A service will also be provided to part of Greenways Road and a reasonable alternative is provided for Halifax Road.

"We believe that this change will go a long way to meet the comments that people have made without compromising the overall premise to the change, which is to provide a more flowing network for Yate town."

The petition launched by the MP gathered over 100 signatures within 24 hours.

On getting the company to reconsider the changes, Mr Hall admitted his pride at the communities swift reaction.

"I’d like to thank first bus, and particularly James Freeman for taking mine, my team and our communities concerns seriously following our meeting on Friday," he said.

"This resulted in a retention of access to much of North Yate. I would also like to thank residents who have shared their impactful stories with me and who helped really make a good case to First as to why this was so important.

"Whilst progress has been made in a positive direction I’ll continue to look into the situation around the centre of north yate."