Which bus and metrobus services in Bristol are changing and how will new timetables look

Full list of bus route changes to come into force on April 24
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Major changes have been announced to First Bus routes across Bristol, coming into play on April 24.

The bus operator says it must make the amendments, which include withdrawals, as services had become no longer commercially viable.

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This is down to low passengers numbers, as well as staffing shortage.

Doug Claringbold, managing director of First West of England, has apologised to people adversely impacted.

He said ‘difficult decisions’ were required on poor performing routes so resources could be focused on areas of the greatest need.

Timetable changes will come into play on April 24Timetable changes will come into play on April 24
Timetable changes will come into play on April 24

Full list of bus service changes

  • Service 1, Broomhill to Cribbs Causeway via Bristol City Centre. Monday to Friday off-peak and all day Saturday frequency will reduce from every 15 to every 20 minutes.
  • Services 2 and 2a between Cribbs Causeway (Brentry for Service 2a) and Stockwood via Bristol City Centre. Monday to Friday off-peak and all day Saturday frequency on both services will reduce from every 30 to every 40 minutes, resulting in a 20 minute frequency on the common sections of route
  • Services 6 and 7, Bristol City Centre to Kingswood/Staple Hill. Some journeys will be withdrawn due to low customer demand.
  • Service 42, Bristol City Centre to Bitton. Due to low customer demand, some early morning and weekend journeys will be withdrawn.
  • Service 43, Bristol City Centre to Cadbury Heath. Some short journeys to Kingswood and some early morning and weekend journeys will be withdrawn due to low customer demand.
  • Services 44 and 45, Bristol City Centre to Cadbury Heath/Cherry Gardens. Monday to Friday off-peak frequency will be reduced from every 20 to every 30 minutes and some poorly used early morning and weekend journeys will be withdrawn.
  • Services 48 and 49, Bristol City Centre to Emersons Green/Lyde Green. Sunday frequency will be reduced from every 20 to every 30 minutes and some early poorly used morning and weekend journeys will be withdrawn.
  • Service 48a, Bristol City Centre to UWE Frenchay Campus. Monday to Friday frequency during the main part of the day will be reduced from every 10 to every 20 minutes. This is a normal seasonal change to reflect lower demand for travel to and from UWE over the summer months.
  • Service 70, Bristol City Centre to UWE Frenchay Campus. Monday to Friday off-peak frequency will reduced from every 20 to every 30 minutes.
  • Service 71, Parson Street to UWE Frenchay Campus. The route of Service 71 will be extended between Parson Street and Hengrove Depot, resulting in a much-improved service along Hartcliffe Way to and from Bristol City Centre. In addition, a new Saturday service running every 20 minutes to Horfield Common will be introduced. This change will also give customers a more frequent Saturday service along Bedminster Road.
  • Service 73, Bristol Temple Meads to Cribbs Causeway. Due to low customer demand and to ensure that service levels meet available driver resources, Service 73 Monday to Friday off-peak short journeys from Bristol City Centre to Bristol Parkway will be withdrawn.
  • Services 75 and 76, Hengrove to Henbury/Cribbs Causeway. Saturday frequency will reduce from every 15 to every 20 minutes, whilst Sunday frequency will reduce from every 20 to every 30 minutes.
  • Service 90, Bristol City Centre to Hengrove. Monday to Friday off-peak frequency will be reduced from every 15 to every 20 minutes.
  • Service 91, Bristol City to Hengrove. In response to customer demand, Service 91 will operate a slightly different route, running directly between Broad Walk Square and Melvin Square via Daventry Way and Leinster Avenue every 65 minutes, rather than along Ilminster Avenue. It will no longer extend to Hengrove Depot, instead terminating at Imperial Park. This route change provides customers with a new direct route between Bristol City Centre and Imperial Park via Totterdown.
  • Service 93, Bristol City Centre to Hengrove. Service 93 will be withdrawn but Service 71 will extend from Parson Street to Hengrove depot using the Service 93 route.
  • Service A1, Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol Airport. Due to increase passenger volumes at Bristol Airport, Sunday frequency will be increased from every 30 to every 20 minutes. Stopping arrangements will also be revised to return the service to its previous express service level, with limited stops through Bedminster. Concessions passes will also no longer be valid.
  • Service m1, Hengrove Park to Cribbs Causeway. From April 24 - Monday to Friday frequency will decrease from every 10 to every 12 minutes. Saturday frequency will decrease from every 10 to every 12 minutes. Sunday frequency will decrease from every 15 to every 20 minutes. From July 24 - Monday to Friday off-peak frequency will decrease from every 12 to every 15 minutes. Saturday frequency will decrease from every 12 to every 15 minutes.
  • Service m2, Long Ashton Park and Ride to Bristol City Centre. After consultation with the BRI, the m2 will be operating later evening journeys to better reflect staff shift patterns.
  • Service m3, Emersons Green to Bristol city centre. Journeys after 9pm will be withdrawn due to lower demand for travel to and from UWE over the summer months.
  • Service Y4, Bristol bus station to Yate. Service will operate between Bristol and Yate Park and Ride only, rather than extending to Yate town centre, with Monday to Saturday frequency reduced from every 60 to every 90 minutes. Customers travelling to/from Yate town centre can change to Service Y1 at Yate Park and Ride.
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