Braydon Avenue to regain frequent bus service

Posted on Friday 11th January 2013 at 6:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Connect bus services, Bristol

Braydon Avenue is to regain a frequent bus service from next week, when the Wessex Red no. 13 service is extended to serve Bradley Stoke.

Currently running between the Frenchay campus of the University of the West England (UWE) and Bristol city centre, the service will be extended to the Willow Brook Centre from Monday 14th January.

Buses will run every 20 minutes Monday through Friday and half-hourly on Saturdays. There will be no service through Little Stoke on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The route of the new service replicates part of that previously used by the 71 and 72, which were axed by First Group in September 2011. The Wessex Connect U7 and U8 services that replaced the 71 and 72 were themselves scrapped just twelve months later.

The new service will restore a public transport link between the Braydon Avenue/Stoke Lane area and major employers’ sites on the A38, such as Rolls-Royce, Royal Mail and Airbus.

Beyond Filton, the new service will visit MoD Abbey Wood before taking the Cheswick Bus Link into UWE. After that, the route passes through Stapleton and Fishponds before approaching the city centre along Stapleton Road and Old Market.

Currently, the only services passing along Braydon Avenue are the 312 Downend to Thornbury and the 482 Chipping Sodbury to Cribbs Causeway, neither of which operate more frequently than once an hour.

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