People’s travel habits have changed hugely over the past year with more people working from home than ever before.
Some households have also reduced car ownership, so there’s a real opportunity to get more people travelling sustainably by bus as lockdown restrictions are eased.
From next month, catching the bus will be more convenient and accessible after North Somerset Council redesigned routes to improve connections with retail, health, education, leisure and employment facilities.
Creating a thriving and sustainable place, with accessible and low carbon travel options, is one of the council’s main priorities for the years ahead.
Because all existing supported bus service contracts are being re-tendered at the same time, the council has worked hard to ensure that the schedule and frequency is designed to maximise convenience for passengers.
There will be better linkages with school start and finish times, and more integration between bus and train services.
People will be able to buy a single ticket to travel on bus and train, and fares will be capped.
Key improvements to services include:
- Three new routes have been introduced between Clevedon and south Bristol, providing a joined-up service for Yatton, Claverham, Brockley Combe, Felton, Winford and Dundry. Routes 53, 54 and 55 will be operated by HCT Group from Monday to Saturday every 90 minutes, with services to South Bristol Community Hospital and South Bristol Skills Academy as well as a range of retail and leisure facilities
- Three revised routes have also been introduced between Nailsea and Portishead. Routes 57, 58 and 59 will be operated by Stagecoach West from Monday to Saturday every two hours.
For more information about routes and services, visit the TravelWest website.