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MetroBus: Your questions answered (part 1)

Posted on Monday 19th February 2018 at 9:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol MetroBus.

We invited Journal readers to ask questions about the proposed MetroBus service in Bradley Stoke (apart from the obvious one of “When will it start?”) … or about the MetroBus infrastructure (bus lanes, stops, shelters etc.) that has been installed in our town over the last two+ years.

Here are the answers we received from the West of England Councils’ MetroBus team.

Q. What time will the service stop running each night? Will there be late services for people spending the evening in Bristol?
A. MetroBus services for the Bradley Stoke route are currently due to run between 6am and midnight.

Q. Will the service be linked to the internet to allow bus timings  to be viewed in real time and with online ticket purchasing?
A. Yes. Real time information will be displayed at all iPoints and on the UK Bus Checker mobile phone app. Tickets will be available to buy online via the Travelwest site or First Group’s mTicket*.

Q. Will there be a combined bus/train/bus option for commuting or will it need to be bus all the way?
A. This is a matter for the MetroBus operators and the train companies. We are currently looking at ‘bus only’ for the launch.

Q. Why are the stops through Bradley stoke not in lay-bys, especially judging by the size of the bus stops that many people getting on/off will hold up other traffic?
A. The route is designed so that buses always have priority. The problem with using bus lay-bys is that cars don’t let them back out, which in turn leads to delays. Therefore cars will have to wait behind the bus. Because, passengers have to buy tickets prior to travel, boarding times will be kept to a minimum and delays to other traffic should be negligible. When the bus pulls away it will have maintained its position in the traffic flow and have a clear road in front of it so that it can keep to time.

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Start of Bradley Stoke MetroBus service delayed until “late summer”

Posted on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 10:27 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way (opposite Aldi).

Services on the Cribbs Causeway to Hengrove MetroBus route, which will pass through Bradley Stoke, connecting it with UWE and the city centre, will now not start running until “late summer”, the Journal can exclusively reveal.

Originally scheduled to begin running in September 2017, the projected start date for services on the M1 route, as it is now known, has been progressively put back, first to “early 2018” (in August 2017) and most recently (in December 2017) to “summer 2018”.

The latest projection was given in an update provided to the Journal in late January by the West of England Councils’ MetroBus team.

The installation of iPoints (combined information, route planning and ticketing machines which will be a feature of all MetroBus stops) is now not expected to be completed on the M1 route until July, a significant advance on the “late February/early March” date given to us just two months ago.

Elsewhere on the network, the previously advertised MetroBus route between Emersons Green and Parkway Station via UWE appears to have been quietly shelved, with the other (M3) route between Emersons Green and the city centre being altered to take in UWE and use the new bus-only M32 junction on Stoke Lane. Consequently, it is understood that there will be now be no MetroBus services accessing Parkway until the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension is completed in 2021.

More: Operator announcement now expected "mid-February" »

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Ticket machine issues set to delay Bradley Stoke MetroBus start date

Posted on Monday 18th December 2017 at 7:22 am by SH (Editor)

MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way (opposite Aldi).

There’s no official date for the start of services, so Journal editor Stephen Horton is once again left to speculate…

As I write this, more than 800 days after MetroBus construction work first started in Bradley Stoke, we seem to have finally arrived at the point when all the new sections of bus lane are complete and ready for service.

Even the “missing link” of the Stoke Gifford By-Pass looks likely to be opening soon, if not before Christmas then shortly after.

Cue increased calls for information about when the much promised new “high quality, fast and reliable” MetroBus services will start to operate here in Bradley Stoke, on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) route.

Assuming the various elements of the route infrastructure fall into place as promised over the next few weeks, focus will soon turn to the lack of iPoints (combined information, route planning and ticketing machines) at the MetroBus stops – equipment that is considered to be essential for the successful operation of services.

Installation of iPoints was originally supposed to begin in August, but we then heard of a decision to change supplier, meaning that they could not be piloted at selected stops until mid-October, ahead of being rolled out to the whole network over a number of months.

We now hear that the iPoints haven’t yet been delivered and are still undergoing factory tests. Furthermore, MetroBus has asked for “a few design changes” to be made, with the result that the pilot machines will most likely not be installed until the new year. We understand that Bradley Stoke iPoints will be in the third phase of installation, meaning they won’t arrive here until late February/early March.

The next question is: Do we have a company willing to operate services on the NFHP route? I’ve lost track of the number of times we’ve been told that an announcement about the operator “will be made in the next few weeks”, but that is exactly the message we were given when we asked for something to include in this article.

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So, when WILL we see MetroBus services running in Bradley Stoke?

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way (opposite Aldi).

There’s no official date, so Journal editor Stephen Horton is left to speculate…

By the time you read this, we will be into the third year of MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke! When Alun Griffiths started their work in earnest on Monday 2nd September 2015, closing the Woodlands Lane junction for “an estimated 18 weeks”, we were told they planned to be out of Bradley Stoke and have the Stoke Gifford By-Pass completed by Christmas 2016. So much for optimism!

With the traffic cones finally coming off most (but not all) of the new bus lanes, it’s not my intention to rake over all those old stories about “uncharted underground services” and “design changes”, but rather to consider when we might be able to actually use the promised new “high quality, fast and reliable” MetroBus services here in Bradley Stoke.

Answering that question, however, has proved rather more difficult than you might have imaged. MetroBus says it is no longer prepared to supply an exact date and its latest public newsletter states simply “autumn 2017”, although it should be noted that enquiries have revealed that this date represents the earliest date that any of the three MetroBus routes across Greater Bristol should start, and does not necessarily apply to all of them. In practice, it is likely to relate only to the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM) route.

The key factors that need to be considered are: (1) Completion of the route infrastructure; (2) installation of the IT infrastructure; (3) appointment of a bus operator; and (4) ability and willingness of the appointed operator to commence services.

A report to the West of England Joint Transport Board in March estimated that all construction on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) route, i.e. the one serving Bradley Stoke, would be completed by “autumn 2017”. The Journal is not aware of any official slippage on this date but it is noted that the Stoke Gifford By-Pass is now on the critical path, its projected completion date having slipped to “autumn 2017” from “summer 2017”. Similarly, work at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way is now scheduled to finish in October 2017 (was given as May 2017 at the start of the year).

More: Ticketing machines will not be piloted until mid-October »

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