Bradley Stoke’s M1 MetroBus service began operating on 6th January 2019.
The route runs between Cribbs Causeway, Bradley Stoke, UWE, Bristol city centre, Bedminster and Hengrove Park.
MetroBus operators are required to provide a minimum frequency of service to all MetroBus stops on the routes that they serve. For the M1 route, these are:
- Six journeys per hour (i.e. every 10 minutes) between 6am and midnight Monday to Saturday
- Three journeys per hour (i.e. every 20 minutes) between 9am to midnight on Sundays and bank holidays
Photo: M1 MetroBus vehicles at the Bristol Community Transport depot in Bedminster.
Click to enlarge, or view hi-res PDF version.
Current timetable, valid from 5th January 2020:
- View the timetable interactively on the First website (shows main stops only)
- View the timetable interactively on Traveline SW (option to show all stops)
- View the full timetable downloaded from Traveline SW [PDF; 113kB]
Timetabled journey times from the Willow Brook Centre to Bristol city centre range from 28min to 35min, depending on the time of day.
Last journey back from the city centre leaves at 00:28 (Monday to Sunday).
MetroBus is a ‘buy before you board’ service. Tickets may be purchased on the First Bus smartphone app or using a Travelwest smartcard (now known as Travelcard). Paper tickets may be purchased from iPoints using a credit or debit card (but not cash). Existing First paper tickets bought at Paypoint shops are also accepted on MetroBus, as are concessionary passes.
MetroBus tickets can be used equally on the First West of England network in Bristol and, vice versa, tickets bought on First services (including mTickets purchased via the smartphone app) can be used on MetroBus routes.
Any single journey on any section of the M1 route will cost £2.25. A day ticket offering unlimited travel on all MetroBus routes is £4.50.
More information: Tickets (MetroBus Bristol)
First Bus – Timetables and tickets
Traveline SW Journey Planner
You can leave feedback on the M1 MetroBus service here:
- Mention @TheBSJournal on Twitter
- BSJ Facebook post (15/01/19)
- BSJ Facebook post (07/01/19)
- BSJ website story (02/01/19)
MetroBus Service stories in the Journal
- Bus boss critical of roadworks planning
- M1 MetroBus service changes from 5th January
- M1 MetroBus service frequency set for another downgrade from January
- M1 MetroBus off-peak frequency to be reduced from 1st September
- MetroBus: Has the ‘no lay-bys’ policy backfired?
- M1 MetroBus: 15 months late, but finally running
- MetroBus arrives but journey times disappoint
- M1 MetroBus service to start on 6th January
- First confirms that T1 service will run alongside M1 MetroBus
- MetroBus installs last pieces of jigsaw prior to 6th January launch
- MetroBus announces ‘Search for a Star’ initiative to showcase new M1 service
- Reprieve for X73 route but 73 frequency to drop to ‘every 20 mins’
- First boss reveals options for the 73 bus service in the MetroBus era
- MetroBus adds new service and enhances M3
- First Bus boss to face questions on future of 73 and X73 services
- MetroBus is GO! But still SEVEN MONTHS before it arrives in Bradley Stoke
- First Bus hints at what will happen to existing services once MetroBus starts
- Bradley Stoke MetroBus operator announced but still no start date
- MetroBus update: March 2018
- MetroBus update: “Sorry, nothing to report!”
- MetroBus: Your questions answered (part 1)
- Start of Bradley Stoke MetroBus service delayed until “late summer”
- Ticket machine issues set to delay Bradley Stoke MetroBus start date
- So, when WILL we see MetroBus services running in Bradley Stoke?
- MetroBus operator announcement delayed (again)