A new express bus service launched today (Wednesday 2nd January) links Kingswood and Emersons Green with major employment centres in the North Fringe of Bristol
The X18 service, operated by First Group working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, provides five or six journeys in each direction during both the morning and afternoon rush hours, Monday to Friday only.
First says the new service will use modern, low-floor buses that will “offer a better bus travel experience that will help persuade people to leave their cars behind and feel good about taking the bus”.
Features of the “executive-style” service include:
- Individual leather seats
- Free wi-fi
- BBC news updates on screen
- Next stop information
- Free Metro newspaper
Locally, the X18 route will see buses enter the UWE Frenchay campus from Coldharbour Lane before heading along the new Cheswick Bus Link. After passing along a short section of Long Down Avenue, buses will visit MOD Abbey Wood before returning to the Ring Road and heading up to Filton.
Buses will then proceed north up the A38 Gloucester Road before entering the Aztec West Business Park.
A route map published on the Traveline South West website suggests that the buses will serve the complete loop of Park Avenue within the business park but this has yet to be confirmed by First.
More information: X18 Timetable (First Group)