First West of England Announce Changes for Wells Services 174 and 175
- Dinder Residents Will See Daily Connection to Radstock and Bath
First West of England is making service changes to its bus routes to and from Wells, from Bath and Shepton Mallet, on Sunday 14 January. The bus operator is improving and adjusting its 174 service to accommodate passengers that use the 175 service, which is being withdrawn.
The 174 Service will be rerouted to include Dinder, where residents will now benefit from a direct bus connection to Radstock and Bath, as well as having a bus service seven days a week. Previously the 175 service went to Shepton Mallet and did not run on Sundays.
On the Saturday timetable, an additional journey will operate at 0750 from Wells to Shepton Mallet and 0815 from Shepton Mallet to Wells. This is to ensure an early morning arrival into Wells. The Monday to Friday journeys at 0705 on the 174 service from Wells to Shepton Mallet and 0729 from Shepton Mallet to Wells will be retimed to 0633 and 0700 respectively. These changes will be implemented after responding to customer feedback so passengers have time to connect with other bus services in Wells.
Furthermore, between Monday and Saturday, an 1822 Service from Wells to Bath will be added to the 174 timetable. This has been designed to provide a later last journey from Wells to Shepton Mallet. The Monday to Friday non-schooldays 1512 journey from Wells to Bath is amended to 1507 and will also operate on schooldays.
Speaking about the changes to these services, Andrew Sherrington, First West of England’s Operations Director, said:
Over time the passenger figures on the 175 service have been decreasing. Withdrawing a service is always the last option, however, we feel that the passengers will have the same benefits provided via the 174. Although some passengers in Shepton Mallet will not have a service provided by First West of England, the 669 route operated by Frome Minibuses will provide an alternative service for some customers. Where possible, we have also used the 174 service to facilitate the school and college schedules across the route.