Minibus service being trialled to take commuters home from Keynsham Station

Mayor Dan Norris at Keynsham Station to promote the trial service

Commuters who use Keynsham railway station are being encouraged to try the WESTlink minibus service to make the final leg of their journey from the station to home.

WESTlink is the West of England’s shared bookable minibus service. A new dedicated space will now for the first time allow WESTlink minibuses to wait in Keynsham Station car park, responding to public feedback.

From Monday 27th November a WESTlink minibus will be specially waiting to depart from the station car park each weekday evening at 5.45pm. It is designed to meet passengers arriving at the station at 5.35pm from Bristol Temple Meads and at 5.38pm from Bath.

The 16-seater minibus will then drop off passengers at the nearest bus stop to their home in the Keynsham and Saltford areas.

To book, passengers should download the WESTlink app from the App Store or Google Play, register and enter the pick-up point of Keynsham Station and their desired drop-off point. A single adult journey costs £2 and journeys can be booked up to 24 hours in advance.

An estimated 75 people arrive daily at Keynsham Station between 5.35pm and 5.38pm. If passengers opt to take the WESTlink home, that will significantly help cut congestion and pollution, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris.

The trial will take place for a month. If successful, it is hoped to introduce more waiting WESTlink minibuses to meet other busy commuter trains, not just at Keynsham, but at other stations too.

Passengers are still able to book WESTlink minibuses at other times and from other places as usual.