All change on the buses

March 01 2015

CHANGES are being made to buses running between Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Bristol as part of moves to improve punctuality and reliability.

Bus service

CHANGES are being made to buses running between Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Bristol as part of moves to improve punctuality and reliability.
Operator First said the rescheduling would also help it cope with an estimated 20 per cent increase in passenger numbers.
The changes which come into effect on March 29 include alterations to the 46 service between Yate and Bristol and the X46 between Chipping Sodbury and Bristol, both of which run through the Frome Valley.
There will also be changes to the X49 operating between Yate and Bristol via Westerleigh.
James Freeman, managing director of First West of England, said: “We are making a whole raft of changes to our network in a real effort to tackle the problems that we have seen recently with services not running as they should do.
“We have already brought in more double-deckers to the Bristol fleet, with more to come later this summer. Now we are putting more buses – and consequently more drivers – on the road.
“This will help us overcome the challenges of congestion in the city, while also providing extra capacity for the increasing number of people wishing to use our services.”
Mr Freeman said there would further be extra journeys on Sundays and bank holidays on some routes, including on the 46 and X49 services.
As well as other adjustments to the 46 and X46 buses, extra time will be added in to cover the distance, especially during the morning and afternoon peak period.
That means some early morning commuter journeys will be brought forward slightly, setting the first weekday departure from Yate at 5.40am, arriving in Bristol at 6.35am.
There will also be an extra 46 bus from Yate to Bristol on Sundays and public holidays at 9.05am, which will make it possible to get into the city an hour earlier than at present.
On service X49, double-deckers will be used wherever possible to increase capacity and more time will be given to complete journeys.
Some improvements are also being made to the Sunday and public holiday timetable, with a more consistent two-hourly frequency introduced.
There will be an extra and later last journey from Bristol at 7pm and from Yate at 5.58pm on those days, along with an earlier first departure from Yate at 8am.
The 46 bus stops in Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell, Winterbourne and Hambrook, while the X46 route takes in Yate, Iron Acton, Winterbourne and Hambrook.