First Bus announces timetable changes
PUBLISHED: 07:44 17 August 2017
Bus timetables affecting services to and from Weston-super-Mare will change next month.
First Bus has announced a raft of timetable alterations, which it believes will improve reliability and punctuality of its services.
The 3, 5, 7, 20, 126, X1, X2 and X7 services will change from September 3.
Chris Hanson, First’s operations manager, said: “We have been experiencing real challenges on our network at the moment but I am confident the changes in September will address these.”
The number 3 service will be reduced, meaning it no longer serves West Wick. The village instead will form part of the 5 service.
Number 7 buses will be less regular, with the weekday daytime schedule being changed so they run every 12 minutes, rather than every 10.
The X7, from Weston to Bristol via Clevedon, will be given extra time to complete journeys to ‘improve punctuality’.
Weston Town Service 3 (Worle – Searle Crescent)
There are changes to the route and timetable.
Firstly, the route is curtailed to operate between Worle (Sainsburys) and Searle Crescent and will no longer serve West Wick (which is covered by a change to service 5 – see below). This will make it easier to use larger vehicles on Service 3 and also improve reliability and punctuality. There will also be a minor change to the route in that instead of using Ellenborough Park North buses will operate via Walliscote Road instead. Customers using the bus stop on Ellenborough Park North will need to use alternative nearby bus stops on Walliscote road (a short 3-minute walk away). This change is due to issues with parked vehicles along this part of the route.
The frequency is along the entire route is increased with buses operating every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. This frequency change will allow for a more reliable and punctual service to be operated, better matching customer demand. Departure times are revised to provide a more even spacing of services along Locking Road with Services X1 and X2.
Weston Town Service 5 (Worle / West Wick – Uphill)
There are several changes to the route and timetable of Service 5. The route will be extended to serve West Wick on journeys from Worle to Uphill on a one-way circular basis. This will replace Service 3 around West Wick. This reduces the number of journey opportunities every hour from three to two, however it will allow customers to make direct journeys to and from Weston General Hospital. Departure times from Uphill and Worle are amended, so customers should check the new timetable before travelling.
Weston Town Service 7 (Worle – Oldmixon)
There are no changes to the route of Service 7, however, there are some changes to the timetable. Buses will run every 12 minutes Monday to Friday daytime, instead of every 10. The resource deployed to Service 7 at these times will remain the same so this change will allow for running and recovery time to be increased. While there is a slight reduction to the frequency, this should significantly improve the reliability and punctuality of the service. There are also some changes to the places where driver changes take place, which will impact on the dwell time at certain Town Centre bus stops.
Service 20 Coasthopper (Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-on-Sea)
The summer timetable for Service 20 will be extended until the end of October 2017. This will mean that Service 20 will continue to operate every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 60 minutes on Sunday throughout September and October, with open-toppers running as through the summer.
Mendip Explorer Service 126 (Weston-super-Mare – Wells)
There are some minor changes to first and last journeys because in future all journeys will be operated by our Wells Depot.
Excel Services X1 & X2 (Weston-super-Mare – Bristol)
To improve reliability and punctuality, additional vehicle resource will be used to allow for additional running and recovery time. A number of departure times will be revised.
Excel Service X7 (Weston-super-Mare – Bristol via Clevedon)
To improve reliability and punctuality, additional running time will be provided at the Weston-super-Mare end of the route. This will change the spacing of journeys along common sections of route with Service X6. While a consistent 30-minute frequency cannot as a result always be provided, the changes are designed to improve reliability and punctuality.