New bus services take to the road

October 03 2017

BUS operator Stagecoach West has started new routes in South Gloucestershire that serve passengers in Yate, Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding area.

BUS operator Stagecoach West has started new routes in South Gloucestershire that serve passengers in Yate, Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding area.

The expansion of its network has seen the introduction of service 622, which runs every 90 minutes between Cribbs Causeway and Chipping Sodbury, via Almondsbury, Tockington, Alveston, Thornbury, Tytherington and Yate.

Meanwhile, a new service 77 runs hourly between Thornbury and Bristol city centre, including stopping at Southmead Hospital, Bristol Parkway railway station and Aztec West. The bus replaces the former local service 615.

Stagecoach said the new links joined existing services 60 and 62 to Gloucester, services 69 and 620 to Stroud and Bath and services 84, 85 and 86 around Yate.

The operator said it was running the new routes in conjunction with local authorities, including South Gloucestershire Council, and its expansion also saw the opening of a new North Bristol depot shared with South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company. 

Some 35 new driving jobs were created as a result of the new services.