Saturday, 7 April 2018

New high speed bus service to improve Yate commuting

Focus Team members at the timetable display in Yate Bus station

A proposed new bus service looks set to bring major improvements to commuting from and to Yate. At the moment there are big gaps in the high speed direct services in the rush hour. There are slower services of course, but even they only go to Bristol Bus Station and don't serve the central business area, Harbourside and Clifton.

After discussions with Yate Town Council, First Bus are now planning a new route three times an hour and going as far as Colston Street in the City Centre. It will serve South Yate as well as the Shopping Centre.

In 2016 Yate Town Council produced the Let’s Get Yate Moving report, analysing the town's transport problems and proposing solutions. It was their report and the supporting evidence that convinced First Bus that the service would be viable.

“We have been campaigning on it ever since, lobbying to get parts of it implemented,” said Cllr Chris Willmore "And now we’ve won the battle of getting into Bristol”

First Bus have submitted their route application to the Traffic Commissioners, and all being well the new service will start in the summer. More details of the route, stops and timetable will be available closer to the time.

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