Further bus services to change across Bristol
Published on: 26 Aug 2016
FURTHER changes to bus services across greater Bristol will come into force on September 4.
The Downend area is less seriously affected than some other parts of the city but there are a number of alterations to routes and timetables.
Bus operator First says it is bringing in “significant changes” to improved reliability and punctuality.
It is also introducing improved Sunday and Bank Holiday services on several routes because passenger demand has increased. Among these is the 18 from Lyde Green, while the 18A will have extra evening journeys – thanks to funding from Bristol and South Glos councils – and a new Saturday timetable.
More buses are being added to busy routes to meet demand once everyone returns to school and work and traffic increases on many commuter journeys, especially while Stoke Lane remains one way only.
Here are some of the changes. For full details go to the First or South Gloucestershire Council websites.
Service 7 (City Centre – Staple Hill / Mangotsfield): . In Staple Hill buses will use White Lodge Road and Broad Street instead of Signal Road and Teewell Hill. This change is being made to address safety concerns.
In addition, the frequency of buses stays at every 20 minutes on Monday to Friday peak times (and every 10 minutes in combination with Service 6) but during the off peak and on Saturdays buses will run every half hour (compared to every 20 minutes at present). During the evenings buses will run hourly (compared to half hourly now) The last journey on Saturdays and Sundays will be later than at present though; at 0210 on Saturdays and 2310 on Sundays. These evening journeys will be supported by the local authority.
Service 17/17A (Southmead Hospital – Keynsham): The timetable of Service 17 is changing. First intended to remove the 17A but the Voice understands it might now alternate the two services – s0 check before travelling.
Service 48 (City Centre – Emersons Green via Downend): Following a review of overnight journeys the timetable is being adjusted slightly. Buses will continue to run 24 hours a day, but only as far as Downend (The Trident).
Service 48A (City Centre – UWE): The frequency of buses is being restored to term-time levels to be ready for the start of the new academic year. Buses will run at least every 10 minutes (compared to every 20 minutes now).
Service 49 (City Centre – Emersons Green via Staple Hill): Following a review of overnight journeys the timetable is being adjusted slightly. Buses will continue to run 24 hours a day, but only as far as Staple Hill (Teewell Hill).
For full details of changes, look on the First website.