28 April service change - Bristol and the surrounding area5 Apr 2019 Bristol
Bus operator First West of England will be making some alterations to its Bristol services from Sunday 28 April. Timetable changes are designed to better reflect changing customer demand over the holiday season as well as improve reliability and punctuality.
Service No 8 (Bristol Temple Meads – Bristol Zoo) will operate additional journeys on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays to take into account increased visitor numbers. In addition, there will be extra week day services between 29 July and 30 August.
Reduced demand from students over the summer period will result in a reduction of frequency from every 15 to every 20 minutes until 15 September on Service 70 (Bristol Temple Meads/city centre – UWE) and Service 71 (UWE Bower Ashton – UWE). The frequency of Service 48a (City Centre – UWE) will reduce from every 10 minutes to every 20 minutes.
The overnight Service U3 (city centre to UWE) will not operate between 28 April and 15 September due to significant drop in demand by students in the summer months. Service 70 will continue to operate every 60 minutes throughout the night.
Following the introduction of Service 96 from 6 January, there are a number of further minor changes with the morning and afternoon school day only changes re-timed and revised to no longer serve Brislington Tesco, which will improve journey times and avoid traffic congestion on Callington Road. Journeys toward Hengrove deport will no longer serve the bus stop at Wotton Park which avoids buses having to cross traffic lanes to turn right into Callington Road. Service 36 punctuality changes and reducing the layover at Church Parade in Brislington, following feedback from customers and local residents to improve reliability.
Some departure and intermediate running times have been revised on the Severn Express servicing Bristol to Newport via Chepstow to improve punctuality and reliability.
Ian Coyle, Operations Director, said: “We regularly review our timetables and routes to ensure we are providing the best possible services for our customers. At this time of year one of the key considerations is an increase in visitor numbers to popular destinations such as Bristol Zoo, balanced against a significant reduction in students using our services.”
Minor timetable changes are being made to a number of other services to reflect lower levels of customer demand and traffic congestion over the summer months. These include the m3 and m3x (city centre to Emersons Green), Service 2 (Cribbs Causeway to Stockwood) Service 3 and 4 ( City Centre – Cribbs Causeway), Service 6 (City Centre – Kingswood), Service 7 (City Centre – Staple Hill/Mangotsfield) Service 42-42A (City Centre – Bitton), Service 43 (City Centre -Cadbury Heath), Service 48 (City Centre – Emersons Green) Service 49 (City Centre to Emerson’s Green), Service 73 (Temple Meads – Cribbs Causeway)
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