BUS services in and around Weston are set to see major changes from September 3.

In partnership with First Bus, North Somerset Council hope to make improvements to a number of bus services.

The number 50 bus service will be ending in August, while the new replacement commercial services will start from September 3.


How will bus services change?


X1 service

First Bus's flagship X1 service between Bristol and Weston town centre will be extended to serve the Bournville Estate. It will travel through the estate from 6.30am until just before midnight.

New daytime 6 service

The new 6 service will replace the 3 service (Worle to Weston). The new route will create links between Upper Bristol Road, Worle, Mead Vale and Weston.

51 service

The 51 service between Weston and Wrington will become the new 125 service and, instead of travelling through Locking Parklands, which will be served by the 7 service (Worle and Haywood Village), it will travel through Locking Village, and also serve the Flowerdown Retail Park.

Open-top 1 and 20 service

As has happened previously, the frequency of the open-top 1 and 20 bus services will reduce from the start of the school term from 30 minutes to hourly.

The open-top 1 goes towards Sand Bay, whilst the 20 goes towards Brean.

X5 service

The council are hoping to re-route the X5 service between Weston and Clevedon to include more nearby villages; an extension to the 7 service between Worle and Haywood Village; and improvements to the frequency of the X4 service between Bristol and Portishead as part of the council’s procurement process.

People needing to use public transport in Worlebury can still use the WESTlink service, since they will no longer have a scheduled bus service.

The council is currently engaged in a tender process to further improve the Weston-super-Mare town services using Bus Service Improvement Plan funding. 

Councillor Hannah Young, North Somerset Council's executive member for highways and transport, said: "Our Bus Service Improvement Plan funding has provided an opportunity for all local bus networks to be reviewed to ensure that our bus services reflect the needs of our communities."

Rob Pymm, commercial director for First West of England, said: “With adult and child single fares still £2 and £1 respectively and our on-board Tap On, Tap Off technology making payment quick and easy, we’re making sustainable and affordable travel by bus accessible to even more people.”