Sickened bus users force First into health park service U-turn
PATIENT pressure has persuaded First Bus to do a U-turn over bus services to the new Frome Health Park.
The company has announced that as from November 1 First Bus will be diverting its routes 234 and 267 into the Frome Health Park.
In addition, during January next year the bus company will be introducing extra times for Routes 161 and 30.
Changes to the two major bus services has been described as excellent news by senior partner at Frome Medical Practice Dr Tina Merry.
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The community hospital and the new medical centre at Enos Way between them attract more than 1,200 patients, visitors and people who work there every week day.
During the summer plans to scrap the new bus service and reduce the regularity of an existing one had been condemned as a disgrace.
But after patients campaigned and petitioned First Bus the earlier decision has since been scrapped.
Dr Merry welcomed the decision, describing it as a common sense outcome.
She said: "It is nonsensical to have such a major facility in the town with no adequate public transport servicing it.
"A big thank you for getting this common sense outcome must go to our patients themselves who campaigned and petitioned for a better bus service.
"Credit should also be given to the local management of First Bus. They were invited to listen to our initial complaints and in fairness they have responded positively and decisively."
Dr Merry is now encouraging visitors and patients to the hospital and health centre to use the new bus service.
She said: "This is obviously good news – particularly as bus routes have been recently been cut back throughout the county.
A spokeswoman for First Bus confirmed the rescheduling and said it was fair to say that the decision had been taken as a direct result of lobbying from patients and passengers.