Buses to be diverted in Weston Town Centre, as new road layout introduced to support social distancing.
Bus services in Weston-super-Mare Town Centre are set to change, as a new road layout is introduced to support social distancing for shoppers returning to the High Street following the easing of lockdown.
From the 11th July, diversions will be in place for all First West of England routes serving Weston Town Centre, with new stops for customers on some services.
All journeys on the Coaster open-top bus services 1 and 20 will start and end at the Grand Pier for customers travelling between Weston-super-Mare and Sand Bay or Burnham-on-Sea. This follows changes to the High Street, which mean that buses can no longer stop at Regent Street.
For customers travelling from Sand Bay to Weston-super-Mare, there will be some changes to the route on Service 1. After Tesco the service will divert via Walliscote Road, Oxford Street and go around the Marine Parade before terminating at the Grand Pier.
On the Coaster service 20 all buses from Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-on-Sea will divert via Knightstone Road and Alfred Street, due to changes in the road layout.
Customers travelling between Weston-super-Mare and Worle will also see some changes to bus routes in Weston Town Centre.
There will be a small diversion on Service 3 (Worle – Searle Crescent) for journeys from Worle towards Searle Crescent, with buses operating via Walliscote Road, before resuming normal service at the Town Hall Roundabout. For buses travelling towards Worle, the route will remain unchanged.
Buses travelling to Worle on services 5 (Worle – Hutton) and 7 (Worle – Oldmixon) will divert from the Town Hall Roundabout to operate via Oxford Street around Marine Parade, before resuming normal service at the Winter Gardens.
On Service 5, there will also be a diversion for customers travelling towards Hutton, with the route operating via Oxford street, Walliscote Road and the Floral Clock. On Service 7, the route remains the same for all buses travelling towards Oldmixon.
Chris Hanson, Head of Operations at First West of England said: “Like many town centres across the region, these changes to Weston High Street are being introduced to allow more space for social distancing around the shops and town centre attractions.
“With this new road layout in place, we need to divert some of our services in Weston Town Centre. All Coaster services between Weston-super-Mare and Sand Bay or Burnham-on-Sea will now start and end at Weston Grand Pier.
“As hospitality venues re-open and more people start to move around the region again, our services continue to provide local bus travel for customers. All our vehicles are subject to an enhanced, specialist cleaning regime and social distancing measures are in operation across our entire fleet. We ask that all customers adhere to these rules when travelling by bus and wear a face covering.”
Details on changes to bus services in Weston Town Centre can also be found here. For more information on all First West of England service updates and bus timetables, please visit: www.firstgroup.com/coronaviruswoe.