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MetroBus announces ‘Search for a Star’ initiative to showcase new M1 service

Posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 12:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Lower rear inside panel of a Bristol MetroBus vehicle.

MetroBus is calling for local community groups to literally go on the road with it as the face of the new M1 service when it launches in January.

The M1 is the third and longest MetroBus route, connecting south Bristol, the city centre, UWE, Bradley Stoke and Cribbs Causeway.

As previously reported by the Journal, the service will be operated by Bristol Community Transport under contract to First West of England.

To promote the local communities through which it will operate, MetroBus wants to feature community groups, schools and organisations on the rear inside panel of each of the 21 biogas vehicles serving the route. These can be anything from youth and sports groups to community and arts centres.

MetroBus is also seeking local talent that they can showcase when the service launches on Sunday 6th January. Throughout the day, the route will host local performers both on the bus and at route stops.

Jimmy Sommerville, operations manager at Bristol Community Transport, said:

“We really want to celebrate the communities that we serve by featuring some of their local heroes on our vehicles. Voluntary and community organisations often don’t get the recognition they deserve, this way we’ll be showcasing them to literally thousands of people every day as we follow the 17-mile route.”

“It could be anything from a school or college football team, a community choir, a WI group, luncheon club, scouting group or dance troop. If you and members from your local community get together, we want to celebrate what you do.”

“In addition, we want local performers to come forward to join us on launch day. If you are a singer, dancer, magician, balloon artist, face painter or even a performance poet we want to hear from you. Obviously we have space restrictions on the vehicle but bigger groups can perform at key bus stops at various points on the route to make it a really fun occasion for everyone.”

Travel on the M1 route will be free all day on Sunday 6th January.

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Reprieve for X73 route but 73 frequency to drop to ‘every 20 mins’

Posted on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 10:41 pm by SH (Editor)

A First West of England X73 bus at the Linden Drive stop in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bus operator First Bristol has granted a partial reprieve to the X73 peak-hours-only bus service, which it had previously stated would be withdrawn once the M1 MetroBus service starts in January 2019. However, as widely anticipated, Bradley Stoke’s current main bus service, the 73, will see its frequency reduced due to an expected drop in demand from passengers travelling to the city centre.

The announcements follow an informal public consultation during September, launched at the request of First’s managing director James Freeman, who attended a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council in August to talk through some of the possible scenarios for current local bus services in the MetroBus era.

Two journeys a day in each direction will be retained on the X73 service, which operates along the full length of Brook Way , in contrast to the MetroBus route along Bradley Stoke Way.

In a statement released to the Journal, Mr Freeman said:

“We were delighted by the number of people who made time to respond to our request for views about what we should do the with the 73 service as well as the X73 after MetroBus route M1 is introduced on 6th January 2019.”

“The overwhelming response was that people wanted us to keep things as they are, albeit with a general acceptance that services would need to run at a lower frequency than at present.”

“I am therefore pleased to announce today that we will continue to operate service 73, but every 20 minutes after 6th January, following the present route in every detail.”

“Journeys on weekday evenings and Sundays will run broadly as now.”

“In addition, we have found additional resources to continue the X73 service with two rather than three journeys per day – at 0640 and 0805 from Aztec West, returning from the city centre at 1550 and 1725 on Mondays to Fridays.”

The reduction in the daytime frequency of the 73 means that it will have halved from the ‘every 10 minutes’ rate that was offered back in 2013, after the old 74 service was merged with the 73.

More: M1 will run ‘every 10 mins’ between 6am and midnight Mon-Sat »

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MetroBus iPoints now due in November

Posted on Saturday 27th October 2018 at 8:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing further installation work taking place at the southbound 'Willow Brook Centre' MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way.

The M1 MetroBus service through Bradley Stoke is due to begin operating in January 2019, but there seems to be little urgency in completing the remaining preparations, which include the installation of 38 iPoints (information and ticket machines) and a missing shelter at the Great Meadow Roundabout northbound stop.

Many of the new MetroBus stops have barriered-off excavations, believed to be for the iPoint bases, with no activity having been seen at the sites for over three months.

Back in June, we were told that the iPoint installation teams had been reassigned to complete work on the M3 and M2 routes. With these two routes now operational, we asked for a further update. A spokesperson told us:

“Installation of the remaining 38 iPoints for the M1 route will be taking place in the lead up to the start of service in January, with the iPoints in the North Fringe due between 19th and 27th November. These dates may vary according to traffic management requirements.”

The spokesperson added:

“Remember, MetroBus is a buy before you board service for faster journeys. Full details of how to buy tickets, the M1 timetable and routes will be widely available in the lead up to the start of the M1 service – keep an eye on www.metrobusbristol.co.uk for details.

The M1 route will be operated by Bristol Community Transport, under contract to First Bus.

Photo: Archive image from May 2018 of further installation work taking place at the southbound ‘Willow Brook Centre’ MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Council explains reasons for lane changes on A38

Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018 at 9:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of two road signs on the A38 nortbound between Aztec West and M5 J16.

Motorists using the A38 northbound between the Aztec West Roundabout and M5 J16 will have noted further changes to the road layout in recent months. The latest alterations were implemented in June 2018, eight months after a £4.2m scheme of “improvements” on the southbound side of the A38 and on the arms of the Aztec West Roundabout itself was deemed “substantially completed” in October 2017.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has refused to accept a widely held view that the original multi-million pound scheme actually worsened peak time traffic delays for the majority of road users in the area, claiming that the latest work constituted “mitigation measures” needed to alleviate issues that were outside the scope of the original work.

When pressed to explain what these additional issues were, SGC officers listed them as:

  • Inefficiency of the operation of M5 16, leading to exit blocking, the subsequent knock-on effect causing queuing back to and beyond Aztec West Roundabout.
  • The completion of Pinchpoint schemes at M5 J16 in 2015 by both SGC and Highways England failed to maximise potential for improvements to the local network.
  • Motorists exiting the Aztec West Business Park in the lane meant for Bradley Stoke Way and turning left rather than using the left filter lane. This resulted in these motorists blocking vehicles travelling from Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 south of the roundabout.
  • Traffic turning right from Bradley Stoke Way heading for M5 J16 was frequently observed queueing over the boxed junction on the circulatory. This uses up the capacity for A38 northbound, when A38 northbound is on green only a few vehicles make it through the cycle after all the box queueing traffic has cleared.
  • Surveys undertaken in November 2017 and February 2018 showed that the average length of time taken to exit the business park was 21 minutes.

More: No time for public consultation "due to funding deadlines" »

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