metrobus m3 Service to Operate 7 Days a Week, Evenings and Nights from September 16th
- Also: New U3 University Service to Increase Capacity between Centre and UWE Mondays to Fridays
Bus users using the premium m3 metrobus service between Lyde Green P&R and the City Centre will be able to catch this quality service seven days a week.
Following the successful launch of the UK’s first buy-before-you-board service outside London, m3 operator First Bristol is expanding the existing Monday to Saturday timetable to include a Sunday service running half-hourly between 9am and 7pm. The new timetable starts from Sunday 16th September.
From the same date, the m3 Service will also provide evening and night journeys between 9pm and 4am on Mondays to Saturdays between The Centre and UWE, and on weekdays an additional U3 University service will mean that a frequent service will be provided between UWE and the city centre. This is pending a further increase in capacity between these stops when the new m1 metrobus service starts early next year.
First Bristol Managing Director James Freeman said:
We are pleased to announce that we are now ready to start operating the m3 metrobus service seven days a week from September 16th onwards. We’ve been rolling out this initial metrobus service very carefully and in a measured way, monitoring performance while the service has been bedding in over the past two months. With the new timetable we’ve taken the opportunity to improve further reliability by making some slight adjustments to the timetable.
We’ve always said that we would introduce a seven-days-a-week m3 service in September once we had a better understanding of the way the route works. We are really delighted that already, after just two months, an impressive 120,000 passengers have already used the service, exceeding our expectations in every way and we are pleased to see signs of healthy growth. We also know from what people are telling us that customers are pleased with the high quality, fast service and most importantly our friendly metrobus drivers. We hope many people will now take advantage of the additional journey opportunities on Sundays, in the evenings and at night.
Bristol City Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for transport said:
The news about the extra services in the evenings and on Sunday for the m3 is a testament to its success.
New U3 service
To provide extra bus capacity for students and people working at UWE, the company has also registered a new interim “U3” University service between the City Centre and UWE Frenchay campus. Starting 16 September, the U3 University bus service will be a buy-before-you-board service which will operate up to six times an hour during peak time, Mondays to Fridays between 7.40am and 9pm. This augments the metrobus m3 service between these points to provide up to 9 departures per hour. Service U3 will operate during UWE term time only between 17 September 2018 and 14 December 2018. It is envisaged that the U3 service will be replaced by the m1 metrobus service when that starts operating in early 2019. Customers are advised that tickets must be purchased prior to boarding Service U3 and will operate the same as Service m3 in terms of ticketing.
The combination of Services m3 and U3 will provide the express journey options between the City Centre and UWE.
The new timetable for the m3 metrobus service can be downloaded here; the timetable for the U3 service timetable will be available in the coming weeks.