First Improves Bus Services Linking Thornbury with Bristol
- T1 Peak journey times into Bristol 13 minutes faster, thanks to Metrobus bus-only infrastructure.
- Journey times between Thornbury and Bristol from around 45 minutes
- Newer and environmentally cleaner vehicles with more seating and USB charging points
- Passengers are recommended to check timetables before travelling
Bus passengers normally catching the 78 or 79 bus service between Bristol and Thornbury will be in for a surprise from 27 May onwards, when the buses that pull up at the bus stops will show Service T1 or T2 instead of Service 78 or 79.
Apart from easier-to-remember service numbers, passengers will also notice an improvement in the vehicles too: the T1 Service will be operated by some of the latest high-spec double deckers to have joined the First Bristol fleet, complete with modern interiors and USB charging points. The vehicles have almost twice as many seats as existing vehicles and are equipped with the most environmentally friendly Euro VI engines on the market, which reduce NOx emission by 95% and improve air quality along the route. The T2 service will see modern single deckers, with comfortable seating and USB charging points.
Using the M32 and bus-only lanes developed as part of Metrobus, First’s network planners were able to shave around 13 minutes off journey times for the T1 Service into Bristol City Centre during peak times. This means that the morning journey from Thornbury Town Centre to Bristol City Centre will take approximately 55 minutes, whereas in the off peak most journeys take just 45 minutes, providing a considerably quicker journey than at present, and potentially faster than car users.
James Freeman, First West of England’s Managing Director said:
We believe people will like the new services to Thornbury, with their much improved frequency, and a much more attractive customer experience, and in case of the T1 a much faster journey time into Bristol. We were very pleased to be able to take a whopping 13 minutes out from the peak journeys into Bristol; that’s almost unheard of, but in large part that is exactly the type of benefit the Metrobus infrastructure can bring to a congested city like Bristol.
Starting from 27 May onwards, Service T1 operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 60 minutes Sunday / Public Holiday daytime.
The route of Service T1 will be via the M32, A4174, Stoke Gifford By-pass and Bradley Stoke Way to Aztec West, where the current Service 78/79 route will then be following to Thornbury Town Centre.
Within Thornbury, Service T1 will operate a one-way loop, which will serve more of Moreton Way and will return directly to the Town Centre via Gloucester Road.
Commuters and leisure customers from Thornbury, Alverston and Almondsbury will benefit from two departures per hour on Service T1 throughout the day Monday to Saturday, as well as one departure per hour on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Bradley Stoke residents will also be able to benefit from Service T1, which can be accessed from bus stops along Bradley Stoke Way.
Service T1 will start and terminate at Colston Street in Bristol City Centre and will not stop in Bristol Bus Station. This means that customers from Thornbury and along the A38 (Thornbury to Aztec West) will benefit from direct access to and from the City Centre, as opposed to Bristol Bus Station.
The company hopes that frequent, direct and quicker journeys on Service T1 will be welcomed by existing and new customers.
Service T2 will operate every 60 minutes Monday to Sunday from early until late. The T2 single decker vehicles will have additional mod-cons such as USB charging points at every seat.
Service T2 will effectively operate the current Service 78 route, however, will additionally serve Hortham Village. Customers travelling to Gloucester Road and Cribbs Causeway will still be able to make these journeys by using Service T2, where the T2 makes additional stops at retail parks
The Sunday and Public Holiday evening frequency will be improved, with buses operating every 60 minutes, rather than every 120 minutes.
Considering the changes, passengers are advised to check the new T1 and T2 timetable carefully before travelling. Timetables can be downloaded from this link