Passenger pressure ensures changes to new bus routes

August 23 2018

Changes have had to be made to Thornbury’s new 77 bus route, provided by Stagecoach West, before the company’s official launch of its new services.

Changes have had to be made to Thornbury’s new 77 bus route, provided by Stagecoach West, before the company’s official launch of its new services. 

Service 77 is the route across Thornbury which replaces the former service 615. It will run every hour between Thornbury and Bristol City Centre, connecting Aztec West, Bristol Parkway Station, UWE and Southmead Hospital.  It’s one of the additional routes being added as part of Stagecoach West’s expansion of services in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire, which aim to provide new links between the villages and Thornbury, Yate and Bristol. 

But residents and passengers were unhappy about the manoeuvres that the bus has to make at Manor Walk to turnaround, as well as navigating some of the narrower roads within the town.

Due to feedback from passengers and residents, the route taken by Service 77 has now been altered. It will start at Thornbury Health centre via Eastland Rd, Gloucester Rd, Morton Way, Primrose Drive, Crossways Rd, Easton Hill Rd, Oakleaze Rd, Gillingstool, Rock St, High St, Midland Way, Rock St, Streamleaze, Avon Way, Grovesend Rd towards the A38. 

But it will not serve Manor Walk, Parkland Way, Butt Lane, Severn View Rd, Orchard Ave, St David’s Rd, Sibland Way and Alveston Hill.

James O’Neill, commercial manager at Stagecoach West, said: “This will reduce journey time for most customers travelling to the town centre and beyond towards Parkway Station and Southmead Hospital. We’re also adding UWE Frenchay Campus to our route.”

“Parkland Way will no longer feature on Service 77 due to the ongoing problems reversing and turning our buses at the junction of Manor Walk. We have received a number of complaints regarding this manoeuvre due to the limited space available."

Inbound journeys from Bristol will also serve Tesco and from Rock Street will use Gillingstool, Oakleaze Rd, Easton Hill Rd and Eastland Rd to Thornbury Health Centre.

Another new bus, Service 622, will run every 90 minutes between Cribbs Causeway and Chipping Sodbury, via Almondsbury, Tockington, Alveston, Thornbury, Tytherington and Yate. This, and the 77 are new link buses which will join the existing Services 60 and 62 to Gloucester, 69 and 620 to Stroud and Bath, and 84, 85, and 86 around Yate. 

Other changes to Thornbury routes include the Stagecoach Service 60 which will start its first Monday to Friday journey at 0629 at Thornbury Rock Street instead of Charfield, heading towards Gloucester, with no change to the route itself. 

Stagecoach Service 62 on its 1418 journey from Gloucester or Berkeley on Monday to Friday, will route through Thornbury and Filton to Bristol City Centre, instead of using the M5, M4, M32. 

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said: “We will be holding a roadshow at Thornbury Shopping Centre on Thursday the 30 August between 10-4pm along with First Bus and Stagecoach to publicise the bus services available in Thornbury. We encourage people to come along and discuss their options.”

Meanwhile in Yate, a campaign by residents saw over 100 people sign a petition in just a day to prevent the loss of their local stops at Iron Acton Way and Cranleigh Court Road.  First Bus subsequently revised its plans for its new Y3 service.  James Freeman, Managing Director of First Bus said: "We want to ensure that we respond with positive action to the feedback we have received. Service Y3 will provide a direct and fast link between Yate Shopping Centre and Bristol, and also ensures that a service to Iron Acton Way and Cranleigh Court Road is still provided.”

"We believe that this rethink will go a long way to meet feedback received without compromising the overall premise to the change, which is to provide an improved network for Yate town."