Decision details

RULE 3.5.16 - Two month extension of supported bus service 672

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, Cabinet Member for Resources

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To set out the case for a further 2 month extension to the supported bus service 672.


The Cabinet Member agrees to:


Release up to £70,000 from the Council’s earmarked public transport reserves to enable a 2 month extension to the 672 supported bus service until 30 July 2023. 


Reasons for the decision:

The unique geography and size of the Chew Valley, and the distinct rural population combined with limited local services, necessitates this additional help.


The 672 bus runs two return journeys each day on a circular route to and from Broadmead and Bedminster in Bristol out to the villages of the Chew Valley, including Dundry, Chew Magna, Stanton Drew, West Harptree and to Blagdon, Redhill and Bristol Airport.


For many of the villages along its route, the 672 is the only public transport option for residents accessing employment, education, shopping and health appointments.


There are no other commercial, supported or BSIP (Bus Service Improvement Plan) funded bus services which serve the Chew Valley.


Extending the contract for the 672 until the end of July 2023 will provide a longer period for residents to transition to a new Demand Responsive Transport service and protect many critical journeys to education services until the end of the school term. 

Alternative options considered:

Option 1: Do not fund further extensions

·  Communities are concerned that the Demand Responsive Transport system will not be fully operational by the 3rd April.  It is recognised that the bus services provide a vital link for our communities and therefore support is required where there are limited or no alternative public transport options to ensure continued access to key services including education, health facilities, and employment.

Option 2: Fund further transitional protection for all extended bus services

·  The 82, 179, 768 and 172 routes all share elements of route which will be covered by the 522 Bus Service Improvement Plan service, which provides a 6 day a week, hourly service from April 2023.  This service will support the Demand Responsive Transport system. 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 17/03/2023

Date of decision: 17/03/2023

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