Bus 51 will continue despite attacks

Number 51 bus
Number 51 bus

A local bus service saved after a public campaign in the summer was temporarily taken off the road this month after a series of attacks.

But Wessex bus company which took over the 51 on September 4 after it was axed by First says it will continue to run the service.

There was an outcry when First announced at the beginning of August it was withdrawing the service which provides a link between the city centre and Hengrove via Broadwalk as it was “loss making” and there “were ongoing issues with the punctuality and reliability of buses.” The company said it was revising the 50 route to compensate.

After a public campaign with the support of passengers, local councillors and businesses, Wessex stepped in to take over the service.

The latest attack as the bus drove through Knowle on September 20 saw the windscreen being smashed by a catapult.

A spokesperson for Wessex told the Knowledge: “We occasionally experience anti-social behaviour and where appropriate we suspend services temporarily while we work with local police to resolve the situation.

“We take the safety of our passengers as a priority as we do the needs of our travelling public and have no plans to withdraw services.”