Stagecoach West has launched its network expansion in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
The transport operator will run a series of new routes in partnership with Bristol City, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire County Councils. Included is the X5 previously run by First Bus. The X5 connects Weston-super-Mare with Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Cribbs Causeway.
Services will provide new links from surrounding villages to and from Bristol, Thornbury and Yate.
The expansion also sees the opening of a new depot in North Bristol, shared with South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company.
From Monday 4th September, the following enhancements will be introduced:
Service 77 will run hourly between Thornbury and Bristol city centre, providing great connections to Aztec West, Bristol Parkway Station & Southmead Hospital. This new link across Thornbury replaces the former local Service 615.
Service 622 will run every 90 minutes between Cribbs Causeway and Chipping Sodbury, via Almondsbury, Tockington, Alveston, Thornbury, Tytherington and Yate.
These new Stagecoach links join existing Services 60 & 62 to Gloucester, 69 & 620 to Stroud and Bath, and 84, 85 & 86 around Yate.
Stagecoach operate 300 buses on 100 different routes across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Swindon, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Herefordshire with some journeys extending into Wales and Oxfordshire.
Rupert Cox, Managing Director, said: “We hope that our new links encourage customers to try out the bus, travel green and play a part in reducing traffic congestion.”
Stagecoach West anticipates that around 12,000 passengers will benefit from their Services weekly.
The expansion will also create 35 new driving jobs in the area. With just a handful of positions left, Stagecoach West are asking for applications