A "Shopper's Bus" has been launched on the 462 route. The 08:55 and 10:15 journeys have been withdrawn and replaced with a new journey at 09:25 (leaving Emersons Green and passing through Bromley Heath about 10 minutes later). The 09:25 service is subsidised by Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council & Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council.
This is an express service from Emersons Green (Sainsburys) and going via Mangotsfield, The Leap, and Bromley Heath through Central Bristol to Temple Meads. Several Councillors from both Downend & Bromley Heath and from Mangotsfield Rural Parish Councils travelled on the first bus and were met by Wendy and her smile. She is the regular driver on this service, and will be happy to welcome you. The service has been made possible thanks to an initial subsidy from D& BHPC and the co-operation of the South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach Company. The 462 service replaced the X62 buses some years ago. The 462 buses provide the only through service from Church Farm Road and Johnson Road into Bristol. From the Bromley Heath estate these buses are about 20 minutes quicker than alternative services.
The photograph shows Councillor Janet Biggin (D&BH PC), Councillor Mary Lewis (D&BH PC), Alan Richardson and representatives from Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council.
The West of England Partnership
The West of England Partnership's vision to improve transport across the region - visit www.travelplus.org.uk. This website highlights various packages, travel plans and future cycle routes in and around Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Weston-Super-Mare etc...
Visit the Traveline website - just say where you want to go from and where you are going to and it will provide information on the bus routes, including where to get on and off, and how long it will take you to walk to the bus stop etc... Alternatively, give them a call on 0871 200 22 33. The website also provides details of coach and train services.
South Gloucestershire Council provides a website with cycling information. Click here.
However, perhaps the best information is provided by the free "Maps for Cyclists" - obtainable from Libraries, Council Offices and some cycle shops. Downend appears near one corner of the Bristol sheet, and also on the South Gloucestershire sheet. Maps are also available for North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.
Daytime Bus Services
Our parish is well served by local bus services to Bristol (4 routes), Bath, Thornbury, Emersons Green, Yate and Chipping Sodbury, Keynsham, Parkway Station (5 routes, all via Frenchay Hospital and UWE), Shirehampton via Southmead Hospital and Westbury-on-Trym.
The 462 service provides a 7 journey express peak hour service via Bristol to Temple Meads operated by South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach.
All bus timetables are accessible from the 'Bus Timetables' page on the South Gloucestershire Council website.
Wessex Connect Buses
Several bus services in this area are operated by Wessex Connect. The main ones are the 517 and 518 from Emersons Green via Downend (Peache Road, Badminton Road, Fouracre Road, Quakers Road) to North Bristol and Shirehampton or Avonmouth. They serve Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals, University of the West of England (UWE), Parkway Station, Westbury-on-Trym and Canford Cemetery. One big advantage of all Wessex Connect buses - they accept pensioner passes before 9am on payment of a flat fare of £1 - very useful for catching trains from Parkway Station.
Other Wessex Connect services of interest are:
- 689 from Yate to Bristol via Pucklechurch and Staple Hill
- 533 - Mangotsfield and Staple Hill to Keynsham via Cossham Hospital
- 686 from Kingswood to Wotton-Under-Edge via Mangotsfield and Yate
Unadvertised Bus Services
Our Parish newsletters have featured several unadvertised or poorly advertised services such as:-
- Most of the off-peak 4 and 5 services from Bristol run as a through service, with a short wait at Downend where the number changes. It is quicker to get a number 5 from Bristol to Bromley Heath rather than to wait 15 minutes for the next No. 4. First Bus are unwilling to advertise this, as not all buses run through. Ask the driver when boarding.
- The 533 service between Keynsham and Mangotsfield passes along our parish boundary in Hill House Road. It is advertised as terminating at Mangotsfield, but then immediately returns to Keynsham via Charnhill Drive, Staple Hill High Street, Thicket Road and Cossham Hospital. It thus provides a door to door service both ways between the hospital and the relocated Willow Surgery.
Night Bus Service
We are continuing to financially support the N50 service which serves most of the parish (9 bus stops) and runs on Saturday and Sunday mornings. At the instigation of Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council this now also serves Westbourne Road and Blackhorse Lane. The N50 timetable can be viewed by visiting the South Gloucestershire Council website or by following this link.
Bristol City's N2 service now serves the west and centre of the parish, with an hourly service from Bristol on Saturday and Sunday mornings, midnight - 6am. It operates along Overndale Road, Cleeve Hill and North Street.
Bus Shelters and Stops
We identified a lack of bus stops on the extended route of the 517 and 518 services between Downend and Emersons Green, and three additional stops on Peache Road have now been installed. These include a pair convenient for Downend Library, Downend Clinic and Peache Court. This provides a half hourly service for residents of most of the Bromley Heath area wishing to visit the Library.
We continue to respond to streetwork consultations from South Gloucestershire Council and have obtained several small but significant improvements.