The Locals Are Not At All Happy
Wednesday, 26 January 2022
The Sorry Tale Of Ashton Vale (2)
The local trag and the Bristol Live web site have been carrying videos of the same well-staged protest in front of a First Bus bus. In both the films the spokesperson is an elderly but vociferous resident of Ashton Vale with a walking frame. fbb would have liked to include one or other of the actual videos in this posting but neither download would fit the "shape" of the blog.
But readers will be very familiar with the tone. First bus is an awful company, we are told because it refuses to run buses at a loss for the relatively few residents of Ashton Vale who cannot manage without one.
So what has caused this furore at Bristol's "forgotten" estate?
fbb will try to adumbrate (for which pills are available!) and, equally, try to separate longer term policy from specific Covid timetable arrangements.
How It Once Was
Service 24 runs cross-city from Southmead Hospital via Eastville. Once upon a time it ran from Muller Road, then Lockleaze, but generally via the same route into City.
Once across the city, the 24 ran - and still runs - via Bedminster, passing the old toll gate at the end of Ashton Road as in yesterdays blog ...
... to Redpoint Bristol.
So, as they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Somebody should tell that to the First Bristol bosses!
Next "Forgotten" blog : Thursday 27th January