Bosses at First Bus say services will ‘reflect levels of demand’

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Bosses at First Bus said services will ‘reflect the level of demand’ as Bristol’s lockdown is eased.

On Sunday, Boris Johnson announced that those who could not work from home should be ‘actively encouraged to go to work’.

However, the Prime Minister stressed people should still avoid public transport where possible, and ideally walk or cycle to their jobs.

People have also been told they can travel for exercise, but just like workers, they should avoid using public transport for this.

At the moment, First Bus is operating Sunday services on most routes.

The organisation has yet to reveal if any changes will be made this week as the new rules are rolled out.

But as part of trial, seats on service 24 have been blocked off to ensure people sit apart and respect social distancing.

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Social distancing measures being trialled on the number 24 buses in Bristol (Image: First Bus West of England)

A spokesman said “Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement last night (Sunday), we expect further UK Government guidance to be published soon.

“Our bus services are essential for governments, local communities and our customers and have a key part to play in the UK’s green restart, as and when restrictions are progressively eased.

“As a leading bus operator, we will continue to work with local authorities and our industry partners on the safe resumption of services, reflecting levels of demand, and in keeping with government and public health authority guidelines, as we await more detail.”

The spokesman said there had already been a ‘small rise’ in numbers of passengers on some routes, and the firm was starting to put back buses that had been cut because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The changes to timetables and routes already announced are:

  • Bristol services 2 (Cribbs Causeway to Stockwood), 4 (Cribbs Causeway to City Centre), 17 (Southmead to Keynsham), 24 (Southmead Hospital to Ashton Vale) and Bath Service 5 (Bath Bus Station to Whiteway) will double in capacity at specific times on weekdays between selected stops.
  • On Bristol services 43 (City Centre to Bitton), 45 (City Centre to Cadbury Heath) and 48/49 (City Centre to Emersons Green) capacity will also double at specific higher demand times, with extra buses running 5 minutes ahead of schedule on parts of the route.

  • Bath and Brislington Park and Ride services will be reinstated to increase capacity along these routes. Brislington Park & Ride will operate hourly between 0800-1730, unusually serving all stops along the route. The Park & Ride service in Bath will also resume, running every 30 minutes between 0800 and 1745, with a break in service around midday. Again, all stops will be served along the line of route, which is not usual for the Odd Down or Newbridge P & R services.

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