The bus services around the county are in for a big shake up starting next week. I’m rather disappointed in these changes for the main reason that no-one seems to have been consulted as to the routes and they have been dropped on us. On the plus side, the service will now take in Copeland Park but I think it is rather embarrassing for the County Council Administration not to be consulted in these changes especially as we (the tax payer) subsidise some of the services. In any case, the best information I have is as follows:
The 14/15/16 service for Gloucester – Kingsway – Stroud will be replaced with a 66 service which go between City Centre and Kingsway ASDA. The new route will take in Streamside in Copeland Park and utilise the Bus gate between there are Kingsway.
The letter after the 66 (can be E, S, F or Q) denotes the route it will take. The 66E & 66S will serve Hardwicke, Standish, Stonehouse and Stroud. The 66F or 66Q will serve the Kingsway Primary School and Matalan every 30 minutes. The 66F will also go to Saul, Frampton and Frethene. The 66Q will go via Rudloe Drive, Wendling Road, Bulmer Avenue, Goose Bay Drive, Brize Avenue, Thatcham Avenue and Valley Gardens. The way this is detailed makes me think it is going to go “backwards” to its current route. I believe this is leading to new bus stops within Kingsway, so as soon as I have firm details I will publish them.
The 208 service to Cam and Dursley station is being withdrawn due to lack of use.
That is a bit confusing so here are some links to maps –
And this is the link to the timetable itself – 66 Timetable
I am currently not convinced the proposed routes around Kingsway is safe as some of the roads are not straight and therefore we will see more issues as we see at the top of Thatcham Avenue. The required yellow lines are not down and many people have enough issues with cars being parked on the likes of Brize Avenue as it is. Finally I hope that the bus drivers will take more care regarding their speed than they do at present.
These have clearly been thought about by Stagecoach, and I think its disgusting that we are only finding out with a few days to go and not all the infrastructure in place.
Good Luck everybody…