Last October we stepped in to run four bus services in Bristol at short notice following the bankruptcy of the previous operator, and then in November we stepped in again to run three services in Bath that had been withdrawn, leaving some communities without a bus at all.
These services are all supported bus routes (paid for by the local authority because they are socially necessary but not busy enough to be able to operate commercially) and were all on short term contracts that expire on 2 April. Two of these services we will continue to operate on a new four year contract, three will be operated by other operators, and sadly two have lost their funding altogether and will be withdrawn. The full list is as follows:
- 505 – Operated by Stagecoach, click here for info
- 506 – Withdrawn
- 515 – No change, timetable here
- 516 – Withdrawn
- 11 – Operated by Faresaver, click here for info
- 12 – Operated by Faresaver, click here for info
- 20 – No change, timetable here
We would like to extend a very warm thank you to all our passengers for your enthusiasm and kindness to us over the last six months, it has been a real pleasure to get to know you! We are also very proud that passenger numbers have grown every month since we started, showing how valuable and well-loved these services are. It was also great fun to bring our electric bus to Bath for the first month, it turned out to be a real hit with passengers 🙂
Obviously none of this would have been possible without an incredible team, and we’re immensely grateful for all their hard work. Mobilising at such short notice wasn’t easy, but everyone has worked incredibly hard to make it work, and they’ve really done us proud. Thank you Team Lemon, you’re amazing 🙂
Electric Buses for Bristol & Bath
We are also very excited to confirm that as part of our commitment to zero-emissions buses on all our routes (powered by renewables and owned by the local community) we are making plans to bring electric buses to route 515 in Bristol and route 20 in Bath, and will soon be releasing our investment brochure with details on how local residents and supporters can help us make this happen!
If you’d like to be first in the queue for information on investment opportunities please let us know below:
We have vacancies in Brighton and Bristol, with excellent rates of pay and the chance to make real difference in your community; working in a fun team with wonderful colleagues 🙂 Drop us a line if you’re interested!