Lib Dem bus campaigners have welcomed action from First Bus on a driver shortage that has led to chaos for users of the new South Gloucestershire Lynx services to Yate and Thornbury.
Liberal Democrat Focus Team Dodington campaigner Louise Harris explained:
"Many people have been telling us that the new Y buses are often delayed or cancelled altogether, leaving people unable to get to work or college on time. We were promised new faster, more reliable services - what we've got is anything but. If people can't rely on the buses to get them where they need to go, they'll get into cars instead, making congestion and air pollution even worse. "
Claire Young, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Thornbury and Yate, said:
"I compiled a dossier of all the complaints we've received and sent them to First. They've apologised and told me they are drafting in more drivers to help.
"I'm glad they're taking steps to help but we need to see these improvement filter through quickly. When buses do arrive, they are often so full that people can't get on. This only leads to even more delays so we are continuing to monitor the situation and want people to let us know if it is improving or not. Hopefully, our work with First has made a difference."
Louise Harris added:
"I am also campaigning for improved services for the south Yate area. People need to be able to jump on a direct bus to Southmead Hospital close to their homes rather than having to make their way to the bus station in the town centre. This just isn't possible for some people. If you too want to demand better bus services, please sign our petition at https://www.southgloslibdems.org.uk/betterbus."