Weston to Bristol bus changes on Sunday

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By Prue_Reid | Friday, November 02, 2012, 15:31

PASSENGERS travelling between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol will see some changes to their bus services.

The changes, which come into force on Sunday, November 4, are being implemented to improve the punctuality and reliability of services.

North Somerset Council, which subsidises many bus routes and services across the district, is urging local bus service customers to check the new timetables.

The 352/353 and X1 service between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol is one of the routes where the timetable is being revised slightly.

Some early morning and early evening journeys which currently operate as service 352 are being renumbered as service 353.

The change will affect the route that some buses take and therefore customers are advised to check the timetable carefully to understand what impact this may have on them.  

The change is being made because of low passenger demand along the unique sections of the service 352 route. 

The Sunday and public holidays timetable is also being altered to better match current resources against the demand for journeys. 

This means that departure times throughout the day will change, while later last journeys - in both directions - are being added into the timetable at 8.45pm from Weston-super-Mare, and at 9.50pm from Bristol Bus Station.

There is a small change to the stopping arrangements for these services in Bristol. From November 4 Service 352 and 353 buses will no longer use the bus stop at Hotwells (Dowry Square), instead customers will need to use alternative stops on Hotwells Road.

There will also be small changes to stopping arrangements for the 354 (Bristol to Nailsea), 357 (Bristol to Portishead), 358/359 (Bristol to Portishead), 361 (Bristol to Clevedon) and 362 / 363 (Bristol to Clevedon)

From Sunday buses operating on these services will no longer pick up at the stop at Hotwells (Dowry Square), instead customers will need to use alternative stops on Hotwells Road.

The service X25 between Portishead and Cribbs Causeway is also be revised with the 8.31am service now leaving the town at 9.06am.

The changes are aimed at providing a more suitable arrival time at Cribbs Causeway and giving concessionary pass holders more opportunities to travel earlier in the day. 

The 903 service, which serves the Long Ashton Park and Ride site, is also being changed to provide a more reliable and efficient service.

First operates the service under contract to Bristol City Council.

For more information about First, or to view the new timetables for the affected services, customers are advised to log onto www.firstgroup.com/bristol. 

New timetables are already online and hard copy timetables will be available to pick up from First Travel Shops in the region in the coming days.

Those wanting independent help and advice planning journeys by bus should contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or www.travelinesw.com. 

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