Service changes in Bristol and the surrounding area from 2 September 201828 Aug 2018 Bristol
Bus operator First West of England will be making some alterations and improvements to its services in and around Bristol from Sunday 2 September.
In addition to normal seasonal variations, notable changes are the launch on Monday 3 September of the second metrobus service, m2, between Long Ashton Park and Ride and Bristol City Centre along the new guided busway, and on Sunday 2 September, significant improvements in services between Yate and Bristol under the South Glos Lynx brand, building on the improvement of services between Thornbury and Bristol on 27 May.
In addition, with the onset of the new academic year, First West of England will be resuming its university services across Bristol.
Customers using Service 76 will also be pleased that following feedback from customers and stakeholders, journeys that currently start and terminate at Crow Lane in Henbury will be extended to operate to and from Tormarton Crescent in Henbury. This route extension will improve the number of journey opportunities available to Henbury residents, as well as reinstating links to and from Henbury School.
Following the experience gained since the launch of its new South Glos Lynx services between Thornbury and Bristol on 27 May, First West of England is pleased to announce some improvements to these services, with Service T1 seeing minor changes to the timetable from 2 September that will improve journey times for customers. In response to increasing demand, from Monday 17 September Service T1 will benefit from some additional journeys between Aztec West and the City Centre, providing welcome additional capacity on this popular section of the route. In additional, Service T2 will see late evening journeys that currently terminate at Thornbury Health Centre extended to ensure that they serve all of Thornbury.
To complete the launch of its South Glos Lynx services, customers travelling between Yate and Bristol will be pleased to see the launch of a new network of services, numbered Y1 – Y6. These will replace the current services and over the course of the first few weeks after the launch on Sunday 2 September, will bring a fleet of high specification double decker buses with two sets of doors, air conditioning, free wi-fi and USB charging points. A notable feature of the new services will be fast links, 7 days a week, for customers in Chipping Sodbury, Yate and along the Badminton Road to and from Bristol City Centre, with journey times between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol City Centre as low as 40 minutes. Customers from Chipping Sodbury and Yate will have access to services that travel further into the City Centre of Bristol, and customers will not be required to alight at Bristol Bus Station.
As previously announced, following the success of the first Metrobus service, m2, which has carried more than 150,000 customers since its launch on 29 May, operator First Bristol is expanding the existing Monday to Saturday timetable to include a Sunday service running half-hourly between 9am and 7pm from Sunday 16 September. In addition, it will provide evening and night journeys between 9pm in the evening and 4am in the morning on Mondays to Saturdays between The Centre and UWE, together with an additional U3 University service to ensure a frequent service between UWE and the city centre before Metrobus service m1 launches early next year.
Commenting on the changes, First West of England Managing Director James Freeman said:
“There are many positive changes, including the next stage of the roll-out of Metrobus, new and better services for Yate and Chipping Sodbury and extra facilities for students. It’s all part of our commitment to developing travel opportunities for local people – albeit there are some minor reductions as we adjust our service to changing demand”
All changes from 2 September unless stated.
Service 2A (City Centre – Rookery Farm)
From 3 September 2018
This is a new service that replaces most of route 51 hitherto operated by Wessex Bus and operates between Broadmead and Rookery Farm.
Service 2A will operate every 30 minutes Monday to Friday between approximately 0630 and 1930. Starting from The Horsefair in the City Centre, Service 2A will follow the same route as Service 51 through to Belland Drive and will operate via Bristol Temple Meads, Wells Road and Broad Walk.
New service 2A will ensure that South Bristol communities remain connected with the Broad Walk Shopping Centre and Temple Meads Station. There will be no evening or week-end service, although it may be possible to improve on this over time.
First will be operating Service 2A on an entirely commercial basis and will not receive any financial support from Bristol City Council.
Service 8 (Bristol Temple Meads – Bristol Zoo)
During the main part of the day Monday to Saturday, the frequency of Service 8 reverts to every 10 minutes for the winter. There are some minor changes to intermediate running times to improve reliability and punctuality.
Following customer feedback, some additional early evening journeys will operate Monday to Saturday, providing additional capacity at an increasingly popular travel time.
Service 36 (City Centre –St Anne’s-Brislington-Knowle West-Hengrove Park-Hengrove Depot)
Except for some Monday to Saturday evening journeys, all services that currently start and terminate at Hengrove Park are extended to start and terminate at Hengrove Depot. The extension of route for many journeys will improve journey opportunities from Hengrove Leisure Park and improve operational performance.
Following discussions with St Brendan’s College, some additional journeys will operate on college days only, as follows:
0758 Hengrove Depot to Brislington to City Centre (Monday to Friday on college days only)
1617 Brislington Square to Hengrove Depot (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on college days only)
1418 Brislington Square to Hengrove Depot (Thursday on college days only)
The above journeys will be operated by double decker vehicles to provide capacity at the times required to facilitate journeys to and from St Brendan’s College and to provide sufficient capacity on other journeys around the start and finish of the college day.
Service 42A (City Centre – Kingswood)
Route 42A journeys are re-introduced from 3 September
Services between Yate and Bristol
As part of a re-launch of services between Bristol and Yate:
- Service 47/X47 will be withdrawn and replaced by Service Y1
- Service 47 will be withdrawn and partially replaced by Service Y2
- Services 46, X46, 47 and X47 will be withdrawn and replaced by Services Y3 and Y4
- Service 82 will be withdrawn and replaced by Service Y6
- Service X49 will be withdrawn and replaced by Service Y5
A fleet of high specification double deckers with two sets of doors, air chill, free wi-fi and USB charging points will be introduced to the new Y1 service
Service Y1 (Bristol to Chipping Sodbury)
Service Y1 will provide a significantly improved replacement for Service X47.
The frequency of Service Y1 will be every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 60 minutes on Sundays and Public Holidays during the main part of the day.
Service Y1 will follow the current route of Service X47 but instead of serving Bristol Bus Station it will operate a loop that penetrates further into the central area of the city, serving the BRI and Colston Street opposite the Colston Hall, right by the Centre On the way out there will be a stop at Rupert Street, which is close to the Bus Station.
Customers in Chipping Sodbury, Yate and along the Badminton Road will now benefit from a fast service throughout the day, 7 days a week, to and from Bristol City Centre, which is a significant improvement compared to the current services available.
Journey times between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol City Centre will be around 40 minutes during the day, with slightly extended journey times during the peaks.
For the first time in several years, customers from Chipping Sodbury and Yate will have access to services that travel further into the City Centre of Bristol and customers will not be required to alight at Bristol Bus Station.
Customers travelling in the evening will ned to use stopping service Y2, which operates every 60 minutes.
Service Y2 (Bristol – Yate)
Service Y2 will provide a partial replacement for Service 47.
While Service 47 is currently a busy service, many customers using the service to travel from Chipping Sodbury, Yate and Badminton Road into Bristol are subjected to a long journey while the bus travels through Downend and Fishponds. Service Y1 has been provided for these customers (please see above).
Recognising that there is still customer demand for travel between Yate, Downend and Fishponds, Service Y2 will maintain this important link.
Service Y2 will operate every 60 minutes daily from early until late. The route of Service Y2 will be the same as current service 47 between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol Bus Station, however, evening journeys will continue to serve South Yate and Chipping Sodbury.
Compared to Service 47, the frequency of Service Y2 is reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes, however, most customers will be able to use Service Y1 as an improved alternative.
Service Y3 (Bristol – Yate)
Service Y3 will provide the replacement for Service X46, providing a fast, direct link between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol.
Service Y3 will operate every 60 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, which matches the days and hours of operation of Service X46.
Service Y4 (Bristol – Yate)
Service Y4 will provide the replacement for Service 46.
There are some changes to the route and timetable of Service Y4, when comparing to Service 46, however a service to Iron Acton Way and Cranleigh Court Road is still provided.
A service will also be provided to part of Greenways Road and a reasonable alternative is provided for Halifax Road.
Service Y4 will operate will operate every 60 minutes daily from early until late (although there is no evening service on Sundays and Public Holidays).
Service Y5 (Bristol – Chipping Sodbury)
Service Y5 will provide the replacement for Service X49.
Following the introduction of several of improvements on 27 May 2018 there are no changes to the route or timetable and Service X49 is simply re-numbered to Service Y5.
Service Y6 (Southmead Hospital – Chipping Sodbury)
Likewise, Service Y6 will provide the replacement for Service 82. There are no changes to the route or timetable and Service 82 is simply re-numbered to Service Y6, following the introduction of several improvements in May 2018, which continue.
Service 48A (City Centre – UWE Frenchay)
From 17 September 2018
The Monday to Friday daytime frequency returns from every 20 minutes to every 10 minutes from Monday 17 September 2018 to coincide with the start of the new academic year at UWE.
Service 50/50A (City Centre – Hengrove Park / Hengrove Depot)
Those journeys on Service 50 that currently terminate at Hengrove Park will be extended to and from Hengrove Depot. The extension of these journeys will provide improved journey opportunities to and from Hengrove Leisure Park and improve operational performance.
There are some minor changes to the timetable to accommodate the above journey extensions.
Service 70 (Bristol Temple Meads – UWE Frenchay)
Service 71 (UWE (Bower Ashton) – UWE)
From 17 September 2018
The Monday to Friday daytime frequency returns from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes on each route, to coincide with the start of the new academic year at UWE.
Service 75 (Hengrove – Cribbs Causeway)
Service 76 (Hengrove – Henbury / Cribbs Causeway)
For both services, all journeys that currently start or terminate at Hengrove Park will be extended to start from or terminate at Hengrove Depot, which will improve links with Hengrove Leisure Park and improve operational performance.
For service 76, following feedback from customers and stakeholders, journeys that currently start and terminate at Crow Lane in Henbury will be extended to start and terminate at Tormarton Crescent in Henbury, restoring links to the school and local facilities.
Late evening and overnight journeys will continue to operate to and from Cribbs Causeway.
There are some minor changes to the timetable for both services to accommodate the above changes.
Service 177 (Bristol – Midsomer Norton)
Following expiry of the previous arrangements and discussions with B&NES, agreement has been reached for Service 177 to continue beyond 2 September 2018.
However, the 0903 journey from Midsomer Norton to Bristol will be withdrawn due to low customer demand and high operating costs. Customers should use Services 178 and 376 as alternatives.
Service 178 (Bristol - Radstock)
The 1925 Monday to Friday and 1910 Saturday journeys from Bristol to Radstock will be withdrawn due to low customer demand and high operating costs.
Customers can use Service 349 as an alternative for travel between Bristol and Keynsham.
Some other early evening journeys are re-timed for operational reasons.
Service 903 (Long Ashton Park and Ride)
Metrobus Service m2 (Long Ashton - City Centre)
Service 903, which is operated on contract to Bristol City Council, will be withdrawn.
Metrobus Service m2 will replace Service 903 from 3 September 2018 and will become the second operational Metrobus route in Bristol.
Service m2 will provide a frequent and reliable service between the Long Ashton Park and Ride and Bristol City Centre via Bristol Temple Meads and will be operated by a fleet of high-specification double-deckers, equipped to use the new guided busway.
Buses on m2will operate every 10-12 minutes Monday to Friday from 0600 until 1900 and then every 20 minutes until 2130.
On Saturday, buses will operate every 20 minutes from 0600 until 1000, every 12 minutes from 1000 until 1800 and then every 20 minutes until 2130.
Service m2 is a Metrobus service, so tickets need to be purchased prior to boarding, either though the FirstBus App or using the iPoint machines at stops.
The Service will use the new guided busway between Long Ashton Park and Ride and Cumberland Basin, before joining Cumberland Road and operating towards Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol City Centre.
Convenient bus stops are located close to key attractions such as Ashton Gate Stadium, The Create Centre, SS Great Britain and Wapping Wharf, and the new route avoids the traffic congestion of the Cumberland Basin and Hotwell Road.
Customers who currently use Service 903 are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Service m2, as there are several differences with the ticketing, route and bus stops.
Please refer to dedicated publicity for further information.
Metrobus Service m3 (City Centre - Emersons Green)
From 16 September 2018
Following the introduction of Service m3 from 27 May 2018, there will be several improvements to the service from 16 September 2018.
There are no changes to the route of Service m3, though there are some minor changes to intermediate running times to improve reliability and punctuality.
A new Sunday and Public Holiday timetable will be introduced along the whole route, with buses operating every 30 minutes between 0900 and 1830. The timetable will be introduced in response to feedback from customers for a trial period to assess demand for travel on Sundays and Public Holidays.
As UWE students resume their studies from 17 September 2018, Service m3 will in addition operate extra journeys Monday to Saturday every 20 minutes between approximately 2130 and 0400 between the City Centre and UWE only. These journeys will operate until the end of the Autumn teaching period on 14 December 2018.
Please refer to Service U3 (below) for details of additional term-time capacity and frequency between the City Centre and UWE during the main part of the day Monday to Friday.
Service U3 (City Centre - UWE)
From 16 September 2018
During the 2017/2018 academic year, Service UWE provided the express service between the City Centre and UWE. Service UWE was replaced by Service m3, however, this does not provide sufficient capacity during UWE term time.
To ensure that sufficient capacity is provided between the City Centre and UWE, a Service U3 will be introduced from 16 September 2018.
Service U3 will operate up to 6 departures per hour Monday to Friday only between the City Centre and UWE and will work alongside Service m3 to provide up to 9 departures per hour.
Service U3 will follow the same route as Service m3, with the exception that it is not permitted to use the M32 bus only junction and will instead operate via A4174 and Coldharbour Lane.
Service U3 will operate Monday to Friday during UWE term time only between 17 September 2018 and 14 December 2018.
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.
Service T1 (Bristol - Thornbury)
Following the introduction of Service T1 on 27 May 2018, we are making some minor changes to the timetable from 2 September 2018.
Intermediate running times are revised across all days of operation to improve reliability and punctuality. In some cases, we are reducing the times between timing points, as buses have had to wait excessive time at timing points. This change will further improve journey times for customers.
Some early morning and late evening journeys are revised or withdrawn for operational reasons. These are journeys that only operate between Thornbury and Harry Stoke.
In addition, from 17 September 2018…
Customer numbers using Service T1 continue to increase and especially at peak times Monday to Friday. As a result, some additional journeys will operate between Aztec West and the City Centre and will operate two minutes ahead of existing journeys. These additional journeys will provide additional capacity where it is needed most.
Additional journeys will operate Monday to Friday until 14 December 2018 and are as follows:
0721 from Aztec West to City Centre
0750 from Aztec West to City Centre
1703 from City Centre to Aztec West
1738 from City Centre to Aztec West
Service T2 (Bristol - Thornbury)
Late evening journeys that terminate at Thornbury Health Centre will be extended to ensure that they serve all of Thornbury. The inbound section of the one-way loop around Thornbury will be operated on these journeys to the Town Centre.
Service U1 (Stoke Bishop Transport Hub – Main Campus / City Centre)
From 24 September 2018
Service U1 resumes from Monday 24 September 2018 as part of the new academic year at the University of Bristol.
There are some minor changes to intermediate running times to improve reliability and punctuality.
On Sundays, the frequency of buses until 1100 is reduced to every 30 minutes, however, the timetable is extended beyond 1900 to around 2100 every 30 minutes. This change means that Service U1 now operates for an additional two hours on Sunday evening and follows requests from customers.
Service U2 (Main Campus – Langford Campus)
From 24 September 2018
As part of First’s contract for University Bus Services with the University of Bristol, a brand new Service U2 will be introduced from 24 September 2018.
Service U2 will operate Monday to Friday every 60 minutes between 0800 and 1800 and will operate from the University of Bristol Main Campus (Queens Road) to the University of Bristol Langford Campus, operating via Hotwells, South Bristol Link and the A38.
The service operates throughout the year, however, does not operate on Public Holidays and will not operate over the Christmas and New Year period.
While Service U2 is designed primarily to provide an important inter-campus link for University of Bristol staff and students, the service is available at all times for use by members of the public. This means that the service will provide new links from places like Langford and Redhill into Bristol.
First’s range of commercial tickets and products are generally available for use and purchase on Service U2, as well as some bespoke Service U2 only tickets.
Service U2 will be operated by double deckers, which will be branded as Bristol Unibus.