Bus users using the premium m3 Metrobus service between Lyde Green P&R and Bristol city centre will be able to catch this quality service seven days a week.
Following the successful launch of the UK’s first buy-before-you-board service outside London, m3 operator First Bristol is expanding the existing Monday to Saturday timetable to include a Sunday service running half-hourly between 09.00 and 19.00. The new timetable starts from Monday 3 September.
From the same date, the m3 will also provide evening and night journeys between 09.00 and 04.00 on Mondays to Saturdays between The Centre and UWE, and on weekdays an additional U3 University service will mean that a frequent service will be provided between UWE and the city centre. This is pending a further increase in capacity between these stops when the new m1 metrobus service starts early next year.
First Bristol managing director James Freeman said: “We are pleased to announce that we are now ready to start operating the m3 Metrobus service seven days a week from the start of September. We’ve been rolling out this initial Metrobus service very carefully and in a measured way, monitoring performance while the service has been bedding in over the past two months. With the new timetable we’ve taken the opportunity to improve further reliability by making some slight adjustments to the timetable”.
He continued: “We’ve always said that we would introduce a seven-days-a-week m3 service in September once we had a better understanding of the way the route works. We are really delighted that already, after just two months, an impressive 120,000 passengers have already used the service, exceeding our expectations in every way and we are pleased to see signs of healthy growth. We also know from what people are telling us that customers are pleased with the high quality, fast service and most importantly our friendly Metrobus drivers. We hope many people will now take advantage of the additional journey opportunities on Sundays, in the evenings and at night”.
Bristol City Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, cabinet member with responsibility for transport said: “The news about the extra services in the evenings and on Sunday for the m3 is a testament to its success”.