The long-awaited m1 metrobus service is due to start on 6 January – running from Hengrove through Knowle West to Cribbs Causeway and using biogas buses.
With stops at Filwood Broadway, Inns Court and Novers Lane going though Bedminster – the aim is to make traveling through city centre easier and simpler.
The new service will also stop at the University of the West of England and Aztec West before going on to The Mall at Cribbs.
Bristol Community Transport has been working to upgrade its Parson Street depot and refuelling facilities for the biogas buses they will use and will be creating 60 new jobs at the Bedminster depot.
Metrobus reports the m3 – which launched this summer from the city centre to UWE and Emersons Green – has been so popular extra services have already been added to the timetable.
And the m2 service from Long Ashton Park & Ride which started in September is carrying about 20% more passengers than expected.
Replacement for local bus services?
First West of England says the m2 will not have any impact on the 36 bus which travels through Knowle West, but the company was likely to make “some reliability improvements changes in the early part of next year” and review customer demand in the area.
But the new metrobus service would cover the 2A service route which was “a short term solution” for the axed Wessex Bus service 51 which has been running on reduced times.
“The decision was taken to operate the service on reduced hours to ensure the route was commercially viable, yet still maintain a service for the passengers.
“From 6 January, the new metrobus m1 service will cover most of this route. At this time we will undertake a comprehensive review of customer demand in this area and plan our services accordingly.”
The new iPoints will start appearing at all the metrobus stops during November and December. There’s also a journey planner on these to help passengers find the best way to move around.
You can buy your ticket from the First Bus mTicket App, at an iPoint , online or from a PayZone or Pay Point store.
People who have a bus pass or concessionary card can also use that on metrobus, but restrictions apply. You can also buy a Travelwest travelcard. For more information visit https://buytickets.travelwest.info/