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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.

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Developer money used to plug £420k overspend on Cheswick Bus Link

Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at 9:33 am by SH (Editor)

A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

A new bus-only road constructed between the UWE Frenchay Campus and MOD Abbey Wood is estimated to have cost nearly half a million pounds more than originally planned.

Built by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), the 1km-long Cheswick Bus Link opened on 17th September and was said at the time to have cost £1.5 million, with £1.2 million of that coming from companies involved in the nearby Cheswick Village housing development.

However, a report presented to a meeting of SGC’s Policy and Resources Committee on Monday (5th November) reveals that the costs of constructing the link are currently estimated to be “up to £420k higher than anticipated”.

According to the report, this is due to unforeseen ground conditions encountered during the construction phase of the scheme, which required additional construction depth and additional costs for the disposal of material. In addition, during the construction it also became clear that a drainage retention facility would be necessary.

Council officers have proposed that the overspend be funded from Section 106 contributions associated with Hortham Village (Almondsbury), another new housing development in the Bristol North Fringe, albeit some six miles from Cheswick.

The Cheswick Bus Link is currently being used by two services, Wessex Red’s number 19 (UWE to Bristol City CEntre via Horfield and Redland) and First Group’s number 70 (UWE to Bristol Temple Meads Station via Ashley Down Road).

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Cheswick Bus Link officially opened

Posted on Monday 17th September 2012 at 1:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the Cheswick Bus Link.

The Cheswick Bus Link, a bus and cycle-only route running east-west along the northern boundary of the Cheswick Village housing development, was officially opened today by representatives of the University of the West of England (UWE) and South Gloucestershre Council (SGC).

The 1km bus and cycle-only route between the UWE Frenchay Campus and Abbey Wood Roundabout in Stoke Gifford is set to improve journey times and reduce delays by allowing buses to bypass traffic on the Ring Road and Coldharbour Lane.

The link will also connect residents of the new Cheswick Village development into the area’s public transport network and provide a vital link to the proposed Romney Avenue Bus Link, south of Cheswick Village, combining to form a direct, bus only route between the North Fringe and Bristol.

The link can be used by pedestrians and cyclists and incorporates an automatic bus barrier to allow controlled access of buses onto the UWE-owned section of the link at the rear of the University campus.

Chair of SGC’s Planning and Transportation Committee Cllr Brian Allinson said:

“I’m delighted to be opening another link in our area’s public transport network, helping improve services for bus users and reducing congestion on our roads.”

“This route builds on the Greater Bristol Bus Network infrastructure and will complement other schemes such as the Great Stoke Way bus lane and the Abbey Wood Roundabout improvements.”

More: Buses run every 30 minutes during the day Monday to Friday »

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Mixed news for Little Stoke bus users

Posted on Wednesday 1st August 2012 at 10:45 am by SH (Editor)

Number 18 bus service pictured in Little Stoke, Bristol.

Bus passengers in Little Stoke have received mixed news about the future of local services.

The good news is that First Group has reversed its proposed withdrawal of the Council-subsidised number 18, which runs between Emersons Green and Southmead Hospital, via Frenchay Hospital.

In Little Stoke, the number 18 runs along Gipsy Patch Lane, Little Stoke Lane and Kingsway.

The service has been saved after First Group agreed a modified timetable with South Gloucestershire Council’s Integrated Transport Unit (ITU). This will see the half-hourly frequency during the day maintained but the evening and weekend frequency halved to “every 30 minutes”.

On the downside, Wessex Connect’s commercially-operated U7 and U8 services, which run along Braydon Avenue, are to be discontinued from 2nd September.

Parts of Bradley Stoke currently served by the U7 and U8 will instead be served by a new 74 route operated by First Group but the new service will operate along Orpheus Avenue rather than Braydon Avenue, leaving users in much of Little Stoke without a direct service to Bristol city centre or major employers’ sites in Patchway and Filton.

The Journal understands that the Council is still in talks with Wessex Connect over the possibility of providing a replacement service for Braydon Avenue, where the only other buses running are currently the 312 (Thornbury – Fishponds) and 482 (Chipping Sodbury – Cribbs Causeway).

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

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