The Unite Community Bristol branch is to hold a public meeting on Monday (21 July) to discuss its campaign plans to reinstate the route 25 bus service that was axed in April this year.
The service, withdrawn by First Bus to cut costs, was well-used by the public, including disabled and elderly passengers who depend on public transport to get around.
Unite Community members in Bristol are angry that a vital link to travel through the city to workplaces, social areas and supermarkets has been lost, and are now campaigning for it to be reinstated.
First Bus invested £4.4 million in a new fleet of buses and refurbishments to existing buses just two months before deciding to withdraw route 25, without any consultation with the public.
Monday’s public meeting is to be held at the Malcolm X Centre, 144 City Road, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8YH, and will start at 19:00.
There will be a petition available for signing to demonstrate the high demand for the bus service.
Unite, the UK’s largest union, launched the Community initiative in 2012 to empower and unify people against threats to their local communities.
Unite Community coordinator for the South West, Brett Sparkes, said: “The axing of route 25 is down to corporate greed and has caused disruption to the everyday lives of people in this community.
“Bus services are vital to a community and many of the most vulnerable people rely on them to get around.
“It is great to see Unite Community members standing together on this and fighting to protect essential public services.”
For further information please contact Unite communications officer, Rae Passfield on 020 3371 2051 and/or Unite community coordinator Brett Sparkes on 0117 370 1288.
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Notes to Editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.