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Another round of bus service alterations effective from Sunday

Posted on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 9:18 pm by SH (Editor)

A First West of England bus, pictured in Bristol city centre.

Another round of alterations to Bradley Stoke’s bus services comes into effect this Sunday (31st August), with the withdrawal of one service (Wessex 13), the introduction of another (First X74) and a reduction in the daytime frequency of a third (First 73).

The Wessex 13 service, which links the Willow Brook Centre with Bristol city centre via Little Stoke, Stoke Lodge, Filton, UWE and Fishponds is being axed “due to a withdrawal of funding”. Introduced in January 2013, the service originally operated every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, but that frequency was later cut to every 24 minutes.

First’s new X74 service is effectively replacing the Wessex 13, with the significant difference that it will use the M32 motorway between UWE and the city centre, allowing journey times between Bradley Stoke and Bristol be reduced to 44 minutes peak and 37 minutes off-peak (compared to 63 minutes and 57 minutes on the 13).

Buses on the new route, which is being subsidised through South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will run every 30 minutes between 6am and 8pm Monday to Saturday. There is no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

To support the launch of the new service, First are offering adults the chance to ride the X74 bus for a £1.50 flat fare during September (75 pence for children under 16, £1 for students and young people with photographic ID). Up to two children under five will continue to travel free with a fare paying adult.

Bradley Stoke’s principal bus service, the First 73, will see its frequency reduced from ‘every 10 minutes’ to ‘every 12 minutes’.

The First X73 peak-only express service is unaffected by the changes, except for the first return journey from the city centre, which will depart five minutes later at 4.25pm.

To see the new timetables, visit the Traveline South West website.

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Bradley Stoke loses out in bus route overhaul

Posted on Sunday 13th April 2014 at 11:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Red number 13 bus at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Timetable changes introduced today (Sunday 13th April) have left Bradley Stoke with two fewer bus services and seen off-peak journeys axed on a third route.

Wessex Connect has cancelled the 482 and 483 services, which provided a direct connection from Bradley Stoke to Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Yate and Chipping Sodbury. The move leaves two sets of bus stops (one on Webbs Wood Road, the other on Pear Tree Road) and a stretch of bus lane (on Bradley Stoke Way, north of the Willow Brook Centre) without any services at all.

First Group’s new 82 service, between Southmead Hospital and Yate is being advertised as “covering much of the former 482/483 route”, however, its route skirts around Bradley Stoke, operating instead along Stoke Lane, Little Stoke Lane , Winterbourne Road and Hatchet Road.

Getting from Bradley Stoke to the new Southmead Hospital, which opens in May, will require taking two buses, e.g. 13 and 18 (with a change in Filton) or 13 and 82 (with a change in Stoke Lodge), if an estimated 14-minute walk* (from a stop on the 73 route on Filton Avenue) is to be avoided.

Wessex Connect has also axed the hourly off-peak journeys on its 3B service, introduced only in January. The withdrawn journeys linked Aztec West with Bristol city centre via the Willow Brook Centre and Parkway Station.

Photo: Wessex Red service at the Willow Brook Centre.

* Source: Journey Planner on Traveline South West

Related link: Bus Services in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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New bus service links Aztec West with Bristol Parkway Station

Posted on Monday 13th January 2014 at 10:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Connect bus services, Bristol

Wessex Bristol has today launched a new bus service, the 3B, linking Bristol Parkway Station and Aztec West via Bradley Stoke or Little Stoke.

The new public service replaces a shuttle bus that Wessex previously operated between Bristol Parkway Station and Aztec West on behalf of a group of private sector organisations based at Aztec West.

In the early morning, buses run in a clockwise direction, starting from Baileys Court Inn and running via Hatchet Road, Bristol Parkway Station, Hatchet Road, Braydon Avenue and Gloucester Road into the Aztec West Business Park.

In the late afternoon, and early evening, buses run in an anti-clockwise direction from Aztec West, via Gloucester Road, Braydon Avenue, Hatchet Road, Bristol Parkway Station and Hatchet Road back to Baileys Court Inn.

The peak hour journeys described above are timed to connect with trains arriving at (in the morning) and departing from (later in the day) Bristol Parkway Station.

Although the private shuttle service only operated at peak times, the new Wessex 3B  runs throughout the day. From 09.37am until 2.37pm, the 3B runs every hour from Aztec West to Bristol City Centre, via Bradley Stoke Way, the Willow Brook Centre, Baileys Court Inn, Hatchet Road, Bristol Parkway Station, Brierly Furlong, Great Stoke Way, Station Road, Gloucester Road and Cheltenham Road. It returns from Colston Avenue every hour between 9.40am and 2.40pm.

A single ticket between Parkway Station and Aztec West costs £1.30. For longer journeys, the £3 Wessex day ticket is available, which is also valid on the Wessex Red 13 service between the Willow Brook Centre and Bristol city centre.

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Bus service shake-up comes into effect this Sunday (1st September)

Posted on Friday 30th August 2013 at 7:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Number 73 Bus in Bradley Stoke.

Major changes in Bradley Stoke’s bus services come into effect this Sunday (1st September).

As previously reported on this website and in the August edition of the BSJ magazine, the existing 73 and 74 routes are being merged into a single 73 route that serves both the north and the south of the town.

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.

The changes will benefit passengers living along the northern loop around Woodlands Lane and Bowsland Way (currently served only by the 73) and the southern loop around Webbs Wood Road and Baileys Court Road (currently served only by the 74), who will see a doubling in frequency.

Stops on Brook Way between Manor Farm Roundabout and Orpheus Avenue (namely Kemperleye Way, Linden Drive and Elm Close) 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: Wessex 13 changing too. All the new timetables »

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