Another route axed as bus timetables change

Bus at the Willow Brook Centre

The 73A bus route, which served Bradley Stoke and parts of Little Stoke, has been withdrawn by First Group.

The service, which ran in the evenings and all-day on Sunday and Bank Holidays, has been replaced by extra journeys on service  73, which uses the more direct route along Orpheus Avenue instead of making a loop along Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke Lane, Kingsway, Gifford Crescent and Gipsy Patch Lane.

Another alteration coming into effect today (Sunday) is a “completely changed” timetable on services 73, 73B and X73, which the company says will improve reliability and punctuality.

Daytime frequencies on the 73 remain unchanged at “every 15 minutes”, albeit at different minutes past the hour.

The last two journeys on the 73/73B route will now go all the way into Bristol city centre, instead of terminating at Filton Road (a consequence of the closure of the Muller Road depot).

Finally, the X73 express service, which currently starts and terminates at Stoke Lane (Patchway), is being extended to Cribbs Causeway and will now also stop at Bristol Parkway Station.

The axing of the 73A route follows the withdrawl of the 74 and X74 services in 2008.

Other services with changed timetables coming into operation today include the 312 (Thornbury – Bradley Stoke – Fishponds) and 482 (Chipping Sodbury – Bradley Stoke – Cribbs Causeway).

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