First Group has introduced additional late night bus journeys on the number 73 Bristol City Centre to Cribbs Causeway route but passengers heading for Bradley Stoke aren’t seeing the full benefit because the buses terminate at Bristol Parkway Station.
From the beginning of this week, buses are leaving Rupert Street in the city centre at midnight, 1am and 2am – six nights a week (Monday to Saturday). The journey time to Bristol Parkway Station is 25 minutes. From there, local residents will have to make their own arrangements to reach their final destinations in Bradley Stoke.
In the opposite direction there are two additional journeys from Bristol Parkway Station towards the city centre, leaving at 0:30am and 1:30am.
In a press release, First Group says the additional journeys will provide opportunities for people to travel to and from the city centre, Cheltenham Road, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue, Abbey Wood and Bristol Parkway Station well in to the evening. Those people wishing to travel to UWE late in the evening will be able to alight from buses outside Sainbury’s in Stoke Gifford, from where it is a short walk to the campus.
Several years ago, a night bus service (the N61 Night Owl) ran at weekends from Bristol city centre to Filton, UWE, Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke and Patchway. The service, which was subsidised by the respective Parish/Town Councils and UWE, provided three late night journeys on Fridays and Saturdays at a flat rate fare of £3.
The Night Owl service came under pressure when UWE, Filton Town Council and Stoke Gifford Parish Council withdrew funding. It was finally axed in April 2009 after Patchway Town Council also withdrew its subsidy, leaving Bradley Stoke Town Council unable to maintain the service on its own.
Related link: Bus Services in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)
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