South Glos Lynx
Bus passengers normally catching any of the bus services between Bristol and Yate/Chipping Sodbury will be in for a surprise from 2 September onwards, when the buses that pull up at the bus stops will show a “Y” followed by numbers 1 to 6. The new Y1 to Y6 services, part of the newly established South Glos Lynx network will replace Services 46, 47, X46, X47, X49 and 82, which will be withdrawn on the same date.
The change of numbering is part of a set of improvements following a comprehensive review of bus services 46, 47, X46, X47, X49 and 82 that we undertook following customer feedback. We subsequently worked closely with South Gloucestershire Council to create a new range of services for people travelling to and from Yate with express journeys into Bristol and improved reliability and punctuality.
James Freeman (Managing Director) said: “We have always wanted to refresh and strengthen the services to and from Yate and make the services quicker and more reliable. The South Glos Lynx services represent an investment in the overall journey experience for our customers in this part of our network. One of the biggest improvements is that for the first time in 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. We hope customers will also appreciate that we brought the services together under a uniform network identity and also introduced some newer, low-emission vehicles that improve air quality along the route”.
Over the coming period vehicles will receive a visual make-over, with a yellow and teal livery and South Glos Lynx branding with an eye-catching graphic of a Lynx.
Apart from the grouping of easier-to-remember service numbers and giving the services to Yate and beyond a unique network identity, passengers on the South Glos Lynx Y1 service will also notice an improvement in the vehicles: High specification, nearly new double deckers with two sets of doors, air chill, free wi-fi and USB charging points will be introduced on the Y1 Service within the first few weeks of operation. The vehicles are equipped with the most environmentally friendly Euro VI engines on the market, which reduce NOx emissions by 95% and improve air quality along the route.
Details of the changes are as follows:
Y1 Chipping Sodbury – Yate – Bristol City Centre (Colston Street) Express Y1 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018
Via Coalpit Heath, then M32
Service Y1 will follow the current route of Service X47, which only operates Monday to Friday peak times and operates via A4174 and M32, with the exception that it will not serve Bristol Bus Station and will instead additionally serve the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Colston Street in the City Centre.
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.
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 with the current service X47.
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.
Customers travelling in the evening will be required to use Service Y2, which operates every 60 minutes.
Y2 – Chipping Sodbury – Yate – Bristol City Centre (Bus Station) Y2 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018
Via Yate, Coalpit Heath, Downend & Fishponds
Service Y2 will provide a partial replacement for Service 47. While Service 47 is a busy service, many of the 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 from Downend and Fishponds. Therefore, the majority of customers that currently use Service 47 will benefit from using new Service Y1. Please refer to Service Y1 for further details.
Recognising that there is still customer demand for travel between Yate and Downend / Fishponds, Service Y2 will ensure this link is maintained for customers.
Service Y2 will operate every 60 minutes daily from early until late. The route of Service Y2 will be the Service 47 route between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol Bus Station, however, evening journeys will continue to serve South Yate and Chipping Sodbury.
Compared with Service 47, the frequency of Service Y2 is reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes, however, the majority of customers will be able to use Service Y1 as an improved alternative.
Y3 – Yate – Bristol City Centre (Bus Station) Y3 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018
Via Brimsham Park, Iron Acton, Winterbourne, Hambrook then M32 fast to Bristol
Service Y3 will provide the replacement for Service X46. Compared to the Service X46 there are some changes to the route and timetable of Service Y3. The route between Bristol Bus Station and Iron Acton remains unchanged.
Service Y3 will operate via Iron Acton Way and Cranleigh Court Road then heading to Yate Shopping Centre via Station Road. After departing Yate Shopping Centre, Service Y3 will operate a one-way loop around North Yate, covering the majority of stops previously covered by Service X46.
Service Y3 will operate every 60 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, which matches the days and hours of operation of Service X46.
Y4 – Yate – Bristol City Centre (Bus Station) Y4 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018
Via Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cottrell, Winterbourne, Hambrook, Frenchay & Stapleton
Service Y4 will replace Service 46, and compared to the service it replaces, there are some changes to the route and timetable of Service Y4: In Yate, Service Y4 will not serve Cranleigh Court Road, Greenways Road and Church Road and will instead operate a more direct route into Yate via Station Road. Customers will be able to use alternative services from Station Road or Service Y3.
This route change is due to low customer demand around Cranleigh Court Road, Greenways Road and Church Road and to improve journey times for the majority of customers.
As a result of the change, buses will benefit from increased recovery time at the end of journeys, which will ultimately result in improved reliability and punctuality.
Service Y4 will operate every 60 minutes daily from early until late (no evening service on Sundays and Public Holidays).
Y5 – Chipping Sodbury – Yate – Bristol City Centre (Bus Station) Y5 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018
Via Yate, Pucklechurch, Staple Hill & Fishponds
The Y5 Service replaces Service X49; there are no changes to the route or timetable.
Y6 – Chipping Sodbury – Yate – Southmead Hospital Y6 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018
Via Frampton Cotterell, Winterbourne, Bristol Parkway & Cribbs Causeway
The Y6 Service replaces Service 82; there are no changes to the route or timetable.
T1/T2 - Thornbury - Bristol City Centre T1/T2 Timetable from 2 Sept 2018