A free shuttle bus is being laid on from tomorrow to help those hit by the six-month Kelston road closure.
From tomorrow (Monday 10th March) First will be running the new half-hourly Service 619 between Kelston and Willsbridge, via Bitton and Cherry Gardens.
At Willsbridge, people will be able to connect with Services 42, 332 or 319 for onward travel.
First is also filing an emergency registration with the Traffic Commissioner enabling it to make, from 13th April, timetable changes to Services 319, 332* and 338* to account for delays that the buses are currently experiencing when travelling between Bath and Bristol and Cribbs Causeway.
Once implemented, the new timetables will offer a much more accurate picture of how long journeys will take at various times of the day, vastly improving the reliability of the services for those wishing to use them.
Jonathan Barnard, General Manager for First in West of England, said: “We have done our best to work round the closure of the A431 over the past few weeks but the delays to other services – caused by increased traffic congestion on other roads – has been immense.
“Now that the closure is confirmed to last for up to six months we’ve been keen to find a more permanent solution to the problem. As such, from Monday we’ll be running a shuttle bus service linking Kelston and Willsbridge. Running every half an hour (Monday to Saturday) it will help the people of Kelston keep moving while the road is closed.
“In addition to that we’re also taking steps to improve the punctuality and reliability of Services 332* 338* and 319 by amending the timetable, and adding in extra resource – one extra bus – to help keep things on track.”
The new shuttle bus service will pick up and drop off at The Crown in Kelston and Kenilworth Drive in Willsbridge. Once in Willsbridge people will be able to connect with Services 42 or 319 from the same stop that the shuttle bus picks up and drops off at. Passengers wishing to connect with Service 332 can do so from stops on Keynsham Road.
Travel on the shuttle bus will be free and the route is being funded by South Gloucestershire Council.
To view or download timetable information, log onto www.firstgroup.com/bath
The new timetable for the shuttle bus Service 619 is now available. The new timetables for Services 37, 38 and 319 – which will change on 13th April – will be available online from the middle of March. Hard copy versions will be available from the beginning of April.
*These services are being renumbered from April. Service 332 will become Service 37, while Service 338 will become Service 38.
Meanwhile Oldfield School pupils have a journey time extension of up to 45 minutes each way as their buses are being rerouted through Keynsham and Saltford.