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New multi-operator bus ticket introduced for Bristol area

Posted on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at 12:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Number 18 bus service pictured in Little Stoke, Bristol. A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

A new multi-operator bus ticket valid across the whole of the Bristol area could benefit passengers on routes in Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke that are served by buses from both First and Wessex.

The BristolRider ticket, offering unlimited travel for one day throughout Bristol and parts of South Gloucestershire (within Wessex’s zones A and B, and First Bristol’s zones 1 and 2), has been made available for an introductory price of £4.50. It allows travel on almost all the services provided by Abus, Bakers-Dolphin, CT Plus, CT Coaches, Faresaver, First, North Somerset Coaches, Severnside Transport and Wessex.

The new ticket, along with a similar one covering Weston-super-Mare, has been made available through work done by the West of England Bus Operators Association (WEBOA), which last September introduced an AvonRider ticket offering unlimited travel for one day around the whole West of England region for £7.20.

The BristolRider and AvonRider tickets are available to buy on bus, direct from drivers. Both tickets allow customers to hop on and off any of the different participating local bus services.

Talking about the extended range of tickets, John Burch, South West Regional Manager of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, said:

“Through the West of England Bus Operators Association we have been able to create these three multi operator tickets. This is a significant step forward for the region; for a long time bus users have been asking for a product which enables them to switch between different operators services, and now – with the help of all the operators in the area – we have such a thing.”

“The addition of the Bristol and Weston Rider tickets is expected to be particularly welcomed as they potentially cut the cost of travel for local people. Users will, for instance, no longer need to buy individual tickets or separate day tickets for each operator if they wish to use multiple operators services.”

Existing all-day tickets valid only on a single operator’s services are priced at £4 (for First’s Bristol FirstDay ticket) and £3 (for Wessex’s Dayrider ticket).

Related link: Bus Services in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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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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New express bus service links East Bristol with UWE, MOD and Aztec West

Posted on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 4:55 pm by SH (Editor)

X18 bus service between Kingswood and Aztec West.

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)

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New late night bus journeys between city centre and Bristol Parkway

Posted on Friday 30th November 2012 at 10:28 am by SH (Editor)

Bus stop at Bristol Parkway railway station.First Group has introduced a number of new late night journeys on its number 73 Bristol City Centre to Cribbs Causeway route, thereby bringing a “night bus” service to Stoke Gifford for the first time in several years.

Operating via Gloucester Road and Filton Avenue en route to and from Bristol City Centre and Bristol Parkway Station, the 73 is already very popular with bus users, and particularly those young people living and studying at the University of the West of England (UWE) Frenchay campus.

Since 4th November, three additional late night journeys from Bristol City Centre – at midnight, 1am and 2am – and two journeys from Bristol Parkway Station – at 12:30am and 1:30am – have been running, providing opportunities to travel much later than ever before.

The extra late night services run six nights a week, Monday to Saturday.

Talking about the new journeys, Marc Reddy, Regional Commercial and Business Growth Director for First in the South West and Wales, said:

“We have created these journeys in order to respond to demand for our services. We expect customers to welcome them as they give them even more opportunities to travel. For instance they make it much easier for people to go out in Bristol City Centre and return home later, or conversely allow those arriving late into Bristol Parkway Station by train to complete their onward journeys by bus much later into the night.”

“For those who want to use the FirstNight ticket as a means of getting in and out of town, it also means that they now have the potential to get both in and around the city centre and home again as late as 2am, for just £2.90.”

The FirstNight ticket was launched in April 2012 to give customers unlimited travel on the company’s buses after 7pm (until 4am the next morning) for just £2.90.

More: Initiative welcomed by Journal reader Mark Jones »

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