Another round of changes to Bradley Stoke’s principal bus services will be made from 1st September, The Journal has learned.
A source at South Gloucestershire Council has confirmed that the 74 service is to be withdrawn by First Bus from 1st September (less than a year after its introduction), with the route of the 73 service being adjusted from the same date to take in the Willow Brook Centre and the southern loop around Webbs Wood Road and Baileys Court Road (previously served only by the 74).
The frequency of the reconfigured 73 service will be the same as on common sections of the present 73 and 74 routes , namely “every 10 minutes” during the day, “every 30 minutes” in the evening, “every 15 minutes” on Saturdays and “every 30 minutes” on Sundays.
The revised 73 service will also be extended to run until approximately 2am in the morning between the city centre and Cribbs Causeway, providing Bradley Stoke with a ‘night bus’ for the first time in several years. Buses will leave Bristol’s Rupert Street at 0.05am, 1.05am and 2.05am (Monday through Saturday). The last two buses heading into town will pass through the Willow Brook Centre at 0.22am and 1.22am.
First Bus recently asked Bradley Stoke Town Council to share the cost of extending the late night service from Parkway Railway Station (where it currently terminates) to Cribbs Causeway, but councillors refused, with one saying she wanted to “see how many people use it before putting money into it”.
The changes are likely to be welcomed by passengers living along the northern loop of Woodlands Lane and Bowsland Way (currently served only by the 73), who, like those on the southern loop will see a doubling in service frequency. The downside for those in the north is that the diversion through the Willow Brook Centre and around south Bradley Stoke will add nine minutes to their journey, extending the total journey time from Newleaze into the city centre to 60 minutes.
The biggest losers are those passengers currently using stops on Brook Way between Manor Farm Roundabout and Orpheus Avenue (namely Kemperyleye Way, Linden Drive and Elm Close), which will no longer be served by the 73, although the peak-hours-only X73 will continue to use the full length of Brook Way.
More info: New timetable for 73/X73 from 1st Sep 2013 [PDF]
Disclaimer: All information should be considered provisional until the official timetable is published on the Bus Timetables page of the South Gloucestershire Council website.
Photo: The 74 service will disappear from 1st September 2013.
Related link: Bus services in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)
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