Changes to local bus services

From First Bristol, Somerset & Avon

Service changes in Bristol, effective 23 May 2010

To further improve the punctuality and reliability of bus services in Bristol, and make some routes more user friendly, First is making some changes to the local bus network from Sunday 23 May.

Many of the changes are positive – seeing some routes extended, more buses running later in the evening and at weekends, and a new service connecting Inns Court with Bedminster introduced.

Talking about the changes, Justin Davies, Managing Director of First Bristol, Somerset and Avon, says: “We regularly review our networks making sure that they are running as efficiently as possible, and that the published timetables best reflect the time it takes us to actually travel from A to B.

“We hope that our customers will be pleased by these changes, particularly those living in Inns Court, who will find that a link between there and the Broadwalk Shops has been re-established from 23 May; this new service has been introduced as a result of customer demand, and will be trialled for six months.”

Specific changes being made in Bristol City (effective as Sunday 23 May 2010)

Services 8 & 9 (Temple Meads–Centre–Clifton/Redland–Centre–Temple Meads): To match the service with the level of current demand, the frequency of services is changing slightly. Generally this means that where buses currently run every five minutes, they will run every six minutes, and where buses currently run every 10 minutes, this will change to every 12 minutes. The frequency of buses on Sundays and during the morning peak remains the unchanged.

Service 40 / 40A (Old Market – Cribbs Causeway): Some Saturday evening journeys from Old Market, Bond Street are being extended to call at Cribbs Causeway bus station. This means that the timetable will become more consistent across the week.

Services 48 & 49 (Centre – Emersons Green): The timetable is changing slightly from 23 May to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of the service. In addition some journeys are being extended, to either start at, or terminate at, Sainsburys in Emerson’s Green. Specifically a number of early morning journeys are being extended, as are all journeys on Sundays. The latter means that customers will be able to take advantage of Sunday shopping opportunities at the Emersons Green Retail Park more easily.

Bus services are also being improved during the evenings, with extra journeys from the Centre added into the timetable between 1700 and 1800 on Saturdays, and at 2325 Monday – Sunday. The latter means the last bus from the Centre will leave 15 minutes later for people going to Easton, Fishponds and Emerson’s Green, and 30 minutes later for those living in Downend than it does at the moment.

**NEW** Service 53A / 53C (circular service between Inns Court – Melvin Square – Broadwalk Shops – Temple Meads – Bedminster): Following customer requests, a new service connecting Inns Court and Bedminster is being introduced. This will run on a trial ‘use it or lose it’ basis for six months. The service will operate hourly along a circular route connecting Inns Court – Melvin Square – Broadwalk Shops – Temple Meads and Bedminster. It will run Monday – Saturday between 0700 and 1800.

While buses will not run direct into the city centre, customers will be able to change buses at Temple Meads, Temple Gate and Bedminster Parade if they wish to use travel onwards.

Service 57A (Stockwood – Centre): The timetable is changing slightly, with departures from Stockwood timed to leave at 0550 and 0620 (instead of 0552 and 0619), and both journeys will operate via Hungerford Lane (rather than one using West Town Lane).

Customers wanting more information about these service changes, or wishing to obtain timetable information, are advised to log onto http://www.firstgroup.com/bristol or speak to a customer service representative in the First Travel Shop.

Independent travel advice can also be obtained by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

New timetable information will be made available in mid May, approximately two weeks prior to the changes taking effect.

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