Another round of alterations to Bradley Stoke’s bus services comes into effect this Sunday (31st August), with the withdrawal of one service (Wessex 13), the introduction of another (First X74) and a reduction in the daytime frequency of a third (First 73).
The Wessex 13 service, which links the Willow Brook Centre with Bristol city centre via Little Stoke, Stoke Lodge, Filton, UWE and Fishponds is being axed “due to a withdrawal of funding”. Introduced in January 2013, the service originally operated every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, but that frequency was later cut to every 24 minutes.
First’s new X74 service is effectively replacing the Wessex 13, with the significant difference that it will use the M32 motorway between UWE and the city centre, allowing journey times between Bradley Stoke and Bristol be reduced to 44 minutes peak and 37 minutes off-peak (compared to 63 minutes and 57 minutes on the 13).
Buses on the new route, which is being subsidised through South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will run every 30 minutes between 6am and 8pm Monday to Saturday. There is no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
To support the launch of the new service, First are offering adults the chance to ride the X74 bus for a £1.50 flat fare during September (75 pence for children under 16, £1 for students and young people with photographic ID). Up to two children under five will continue to travel free with a fare paying adult.
Bradley Stoke’s principal bus service, the First 73, will see its frequency reduced from ‘every 10 minutes’ to ‘every 12 minutes’.
The First X73 peak-only express service is unaffected by the changes, except for the first return journey from the city centre, which will depart five minutes later at 4.25pm.
To see the new timetables, visit the Traveline South West website.