First West of England announces service adjustments for Bristol
Bus operator First West of England will be making some changes to its services in Bristol from Sunday 18th October 2020. These changes come as part of the continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All services are being regularly reviewed in order to provide customers with reliable, punctual services operating along journeys where customer demand is highest.
Among the key changes to timetables and operating services is the return to operation of some services that were withdrawn at start of lockdown. There has also been a timetable review of a number of services to ensure that services are operating reliably and punctually for customers.
Other significant changes include the slight increase in frequency across services 43, 44 and 45 which connect the City Centre with Cadbury Heath.
James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England, said: “We are still operating in a very fluid environment due to the pandemic. As circumstances continue to change, we are regularly monitoring what is required to meet the needs of our customers, especially now students are returning for the Autumn term.
“Currently, we are carrying about half the number of passengers compared to pre-lockdown. However, we still have the challenge of social distancing which means we are running more vehicles on some routes than normal. Alongside this, customers’ day-to-day travel no longer looks the same as it did at the start of the year as people now have a lot more flexibility. We are considering all of these factors as we review and revise timetables and frequencies of services.
“Our journey planning tools, including Bookmybusride.com on trial routes and the Space Checker website are helping customers plan their travel effectively. We have also just launched the Tap & Cap payment system on First Bus and metrobus services across Bristol which makes boarding easier, faster, and ensures that our customers get the best on-bus fare.
“We’d like to thank all our customers for their ongoing patience and cooperation as the pandemic is a challenge for everyone.”
The timetables and running times of number of services have been reviewed to ensure that services are operating reliably and punctually for customers. These include services 1, 2, 2a, 6, 7, 17, 24, 24a, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 70, 75, 76, and 90. Customers are advised to check timetables carefully before travelling.
Services 2 & 2a (Cribbs Causeway – Stockwood)
We have reviewed the timetable of Services 2 and 2a in order to provide a more reliable and punctual service for our customers. To match customer demand, the frequency of services 2 and 2a will be adjusted slightly Monday to Friday, with services running every 15 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. On Saturdays both services 2 and 2a will operate every 20 minutes. There will be no changes to the timetable on Sundays.
Service 17 (Southmead Hospital – Keynsham)
In order to facilitate school journeys to Keynsham, the 0730 journey on service 17 on weekdays has been revised and will now operate 15 minutes earlier than previously scheduled.
Services 24&24a (Southmead Hospital - Ashton Vale)
During the day Monday to Saturday, Service 24 will now terminate at Ashton Drive. Returning to pre-lockdown arrangements, Service 24a will be reinstated to provide a line between Ashton Vale and Ashton Drive Monday to Saturday daytimes. There will be no changes to evening and Sunday routes on these services.
Service 43 (City Centre - Cadbury Heath via Lawrence Hill, St George, Kingswood)
The timetable of service 43 will be adjusted in line with customer demand to provide an enhanced frequency along the busiest section of the route between Kingswood and the City Centre. During weekdays journeys will operate every 7/8 minutes between the City Centre and Kingswood and every 15 minutes to Cadbury Heath. On Saturdays there will be an extra journey every hour between the City Centre and Kingswood, with journeys operating every 10 minutes along this route between the City Centre and Kingswood and every 20 minutes to Cadbury Heath.
Service 44 & 45 (City Centre - Cadbury Heath via Hanham/Hanham Common)
Services 44 and 45 will operate on an increased frequency during the week Monday to Friday, with journeys running every 20 minutes rather than every 30 minutes as previously. Together, the timetables of services 44 and 45 will provide a frequency of every 10 minutes along popular parts of the route between Hanham and the City Centre. On service 45, journeys between the City Centre and Butchers Arms Mondays to Saturdays will be withdrawn due to low customer demand.
Service 48/48a (City Centre – Emersons Green/UWE Frenchay Campus) & 49 (City Centre – Lyde Green)
Additional evening journeys will be introduced on service 48a until 2230, running Monday to Saturday to accommodate student movements. Some late evening journeys across services 48 & 49 have been reviewed to match customer demand, and customers are advised to carefully check timetables before travelling.
On service 48a an additional Sunday timetable will be introduced, to provide further capacity and meet customer demand along this route, with journeys operating every 30 minutes from 1000 to 1800 throughout the day.
Services 70 (Bristol Temple Meads Station - UWE Frenchay Campus & 71 (UWE Bower Ashton Campus - Uwe Frenchay Campus)
To accommodate student movements and increased demand along this route, Service 71 will be reinstated following it being withdrawn during lockdown. The service with operate every 20 minutes during the week daytimes between 0730 and 1900.
Service 70 will operate at a slightly reduced frequency of every 20 minutes during the day Monday to Friday, and before 1100 on Saturdays. Together, services 70 and 71 will provide an enhance frequency, with 6 buses an hour serving the route between Filton Avenue and UWE.
Evening journeys on service 70 will now serve Bristol Temple Meads and the timings of evening journeys have been revised to provide a more regular service alongside Service 73. Customers are advised to check timetables before travelling.
Service 72/72A (Bristol Temple Meads Station – UWE Frenchay Campus)
At Bristol Temple Meads Station, service 72/72a will now serve stop T6. There will be no changes to the timetable or route of services 72/72a.
Service 73 (Bristol Temple Meads - Cribbs Causeway)
On service 73 there will be two additional evening services operating along the route throughout the week, Monday to Saturday.
Service 90 (City Centre - Hengrove Depot)
There will be a slight decrease in frequency on service 90 which will operate every 15 minutes rather than every 12 minutes to reflect customer demand.
Portway Park & Ride
There will be a slight decrease in frequency on the Portway Park & Ride which will operate every 15 minutes rather than every 12 minutes to reflect customer demand.
The Brislington Park and Ride will operate at the slightly reduced frequency of every 15 minutes.
A2 (Bristol Airport - City Centre)
The frequency of the A2 service will be reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes to reflect lower demand for travel to and from Bristol Airport during the Autumn and Winter months.
Services U1 & U1e (Stoke Bishop Transport Hub - City Centre)
All journeys on service U1 and U1e will now operate as Service U1. The frequency of service U1 will increase on Saturdays to reflect customer demand, with the service operating every 15 minutes in the daytime, and every 7 minutes in the evenings.
Service m1 (Cribbs Causeway - Hengrove Park)
To accommodate student movements there will be some increases to the frequency of metrobus service m1 between the city centre and UWE. During the day Monday to Friday, frequency will be increased to every 5 minutes. Evening journeys Monday to Saturday, and journeys during the day on Sundays will operate at an increased frequency of every 10 minutes. Saturday daytime journeys on this service between the City Centre and UWE will also operate more frequently, every 7/8 minutes.
Service m2 (Long Ashton P&R - City Centre)
There will be a slight decrease in frequency on the metrobus service m2 which will operate every 15 minutes rather than every 12 minutes to reflect customer demand.
Services m3 & m3x (City Centre - Emersons Green)
The metrobus service m3 will be reinstated Monday to Friday and will operate every 20 minutes. The service will operate a slightly adjusted route via Coldharbour Lane, rather than serving UWE Frenchay Campus. This service will continue to serve Stoke Land and Begbrook.
With the return of metrobus service m3, the m3x will return to operating as it did prior to lockdown during the week. The 0730 from Emersons Green will be the only journey operating as m3x Monday to Friday with all other journeys along this route operating as m3 on weekdays. The m3x will continue to operate on Saturday and Sundays.
For details of all changes view the new timetables here: www.firstgroup.com/letsgetmovingwoe
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