In response to the introduction of the national lockdown, bus operator First West of England will be adjusting some its services from Sunday 10th January to reflect the reduced customer demand across the region, especially for school, college and university services.
It is expected that many of these service alterations will be for the duration of the lockdown period, but all services remain under constant review.
Among the key changes to timetables and operating services is the suspension of several closed schools-only services, and the withdrawal of some journeys which were previously introduced to provide additional capacity prior to lockdown.
James Freeman, managing director of First West of England, said: “The introduction of this new lockdown is a reminder that we are still operating in a very fluid environment due to the pandemic. This set of changes reflects the ever-shifting situation.
“As circumstances change, we are regularly monitoring what is needed to get our customers moving safely and reliably and we remain fully committed to providing a service for all those who need to make essential journeys in line with Government guidance.”
“We want to remind all customers that it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering when travelling by public transport, unless you fall within the Government’s specified exemptions and we ask that everyone adheres to this to help protect each other. Social distancing measures remain in place on all our buses and we also encourage customers to take advantage of contactless payment if possible, to make boarding faster and safer.
“We’d like to thank all our customers for their ongoing patience and cooperation over the last few months which has been challenging for everyone.”
Key changes include a reduction in the frequency of the Brislington Park & Ride service from Monday to Friday. It will be operating every 20 minutes, rather than every 15 minutes as previously. On Saturdays there will be no change to the frequency of buses, but journey times will be reduced.
Service 36s (City Centre – Brislington), which operates journeys exclusively for school and college students, will be suspended as will Service SB1, which operates journeys exclusively for St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.
There will be a reduction in frequency of Service 21 (Newbridge Park & Ride), with journeys running every 30 minutes, rather than every 15 minutes. There will be no changes to the hours of operation.
Services 18, 39, and X39 stop outside Newbridge Park & Ride, and may provide alternative journey opportunities. Customers are advised to check timetables prior to travelling.
There will also be a reduction in the frequency of Service 31 (Lansdown Park & Ride), with journeys running every 30 minutes, rather than every 15 minutes. There will be no changes to the hours of operation.
For more information on all First Bus services across Bristol, Bath and the West of England region, visit https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west