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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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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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Little Stoke set to lose three bus services in May

Posted on Thursday 29th March 2012 at 11:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Connect bus services, Bristol

Little Stoke looks set to lose three of its bus services within the next two months following the announcement that Wessex Connect is to withdraw the U7, U8 and 482 from Sunday 20th May.

The U7 is a daytime and evening service operating between Cribbs Causeway and the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE). In Liitle Stoke, it runs along Stoke Lane and Braydon Avenue before heading south to Parkway Station.

The U8 is a peak hours only service between Bradley Stoke North and Bristol city centre, which travels along Braydon Avenue and Stoke Lane before heading south down the A38 Gloucester Road towards Filton.

The 482 operates between Cribbs Causeway and Chipping Sodbury via Winterbourne – also passing along Stoke Lane and Braydon Avenue.

The axing of the U7 and U8 comes just ten months after Wessex Connect introduced them as a replacement for the former 71 and 72 services, which ran hourly throughout the day and also served Little Stoke Lane, Kingsway and Gipsy Patch Lane.

The latest cuts will leave the hourly, daytime-only, 312 Thornbury to Fishponds service as the only one running along Braydon Avenue, following the earlier withdrawal of First Bristol’s 73A service in September 2010.

Wessex Connect’s withdrawal of the 71 and 72 created a storm of protest when it was announced last summer, culminating in heated exchanges at a well-attended meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum in Filton on 30th August.

The operator says it has been forced to make the latest cuts because of the challenges it faces in the current economic climate, citing continued cost increases and “limited opportunity to increase existing revenue without extortionate price increases”.

More: South Glos Council "has no budget to replace services" »

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