First West of England to provide temporary replacement service for Weston to Portishead route.
Bus operator First West of England has stepped in to devise a temporary replacement for Service X5 after it has been de-registered by its current operator.
From the 14th June, the replacement Service X5 will run every 2 hours on the same route between Weston-super-Mare and Portishead.
This move allows the local authority time to explore a more permanent solution for when passenger levels start to increase, as more workers begin to return due to the easing of the lockdown by the Government.
Customers wishing to travel to Cribbs Causeway can use their nearest bus service to Bristol, including routes X1 from Weston-super-Mare, X6/X7 from Clevedon and X3/X4 from Portishead, and then use metrobus m1 service to travel onwards to Cribbs Causeway. All First West of England day, week, month and year tickets will cover this complete journey.
Chris Hanson, Head of Operations at First West of England said:
“From the 14th June, Service X5 will no longer be run by its current operator. We have now established a temporary service for customers who need to use the bus along this route.
“All First West of England buses are now fitted with additional social distancing measures in line with government guidance. This includes signage to advise customers on where to sit to keep a safe distance and new technology to help drivers monitor the number of passengers on the bus at any given time.
“We continue to monitor all our services to ensure there is sufficient capacity to allow for social distancing. Onboard travel safely advice, from wearing a face covering to using contactless payment, is also on display.
“The wellbeing of our customers and drivers is our number one priority and we would like to thank customers for their ongoing patience and co-operation at this time.”
The leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Don Davies, said: “North Somerset Council is very grateful to First West of England for taking on this replacement service to give us the opportunity to consider alternative solutions whilst at the same time providing for a key route for the residents of North Somerset”
More information on the timetable for Service X5 (Weston-super-Mare to Portishead) can be found on the First West of England website.