Winners and losers as First drops X18 buses

Published on: 01 Aug 2016

THE latest changes to bus services in Downend and Emersons Green look set to bring mixed news for commuters to Bristol's north fringe.

Bus travellers also need to be aware that more alterations are planned from September 4, which might affect their journeys around the area.

Bus operator First last week axed the X18 service, which linked Kingswood and Southmead via the  via the A4174 ring road, UWE’s Frenchay Campus, Filton and Stoke Gifford.

But it also introduced a new 18A route, which it said would improve services overall as well as providing new transport links for people living on the new Lyde Green development.

The company said most journeys on the X18 route had been lightly used in recent years so the resources used to run it were being redeployed elsewhere.

The 18A operates every hour during the day on weekdays. It follows the same roads as the 18  between Emersons Green and Shirehampton then  branches off to provide connections to Avonmouth.

The 18  has also been extended to Lyde Green and the two services together mean there is a bus every half an hour on the main section of the route.

Alan Barrett, general manager for First Bristol, said: “Service 18A will be a great addition to our existing network, giving people living along the route, and especially in Lyde Green, the opportunity to travel directly by bus to Avonmouth for the first time.

“The decision to withdraw Service X18 at the same time was a hard one to make. While we know that a handful of journeys on this route are popular, overall the service does not carry that many people and so we feel it is better for our resources to be used in a different way.”

Information – including timetables and route maps - can be found at

Details of the changes to come in September can be found on the South Gloucestershire Council website.

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