Traffic Committee


Buses Operating in the Parish

We are fortunate to have a number of bus routes running through our Parish which provide direct access to a variety of outlying areas including Emersons Green (5, 48), Yate &  Chipping Sodbury (47, N47), Almondsbury & Thornbury (312), Bath & Cribbs Causeway (319), Bristol (5, 47, 48), Henbury and Southmead Hospital (18).

Buses on the number 18 Hospital Service have air conditioning and wi-fi as standard.  Wi-fi connections will become available on all services over a period of time.

The following bus services operate through Downend:




Bristol-Fishponds-Oldbury Court-Bromley Heath-Emersons Green


Emersons Green-Downend -Parkway- Southmead Hospital-Henbury


Bristol-M32-Fishponds-Downend-Coalpit Heath-Yate-Chipping Sodbury


Bristol-M32-Downend-Yate-Chipping Sodbury


Bristol-Fishponds-Downend-Emersons Green




Bath-Kingswood-Downend-UWE-Parkway-Cribbs Causeway


Emersons Green-Downend-M32-Bristol

The no 5 service has recently been re-routed past the schools in Quakers Road and we are pressing First to re-route this bus service via the Queensholm Drive loop at the earliest opportunity.

Bus Timetables 

Timetables for all bus services can be accessed on

Paper timetables and Bus Maps are also available from the First Travel Shop at Marlborough Street Bus Station in Bristol.

432 Shoppers Bus

This service is funded jointly between Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council and Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council and operates on weekdays only. This is a speedy service as the bus uses the Ring Road and M32 Motorway and is greatly appreciated by the passengers.


Bus Stop


The Leap


Queensholm Drive


Quakers Road


Bristol Haymarket


Broad Quay


Temple Meads

N47 Night Owl Night Bus

This service is funded jointly between neighbouring Parish Councils and operates on Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings as follows:-

Bus Stop Location:




Bristol Colston Street - stop Ce




Bristol Nelson Street  - stop Hc




Bristol Haymarket      - stop Rh




Bristol Bond Street     - stop C




Bromley Heath Road/Quakers Road




Downend, The  Horseshoe




Westerleigh Road/Westbourne Road




The bus then travels on to Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell, Yate and Chipping Sodbury. The cost is £4 for the journey (except for elderly and concessionary pass holders). Security cameras operate on this service for the safety of passengers.

Bus Shelters

Did you know there are 47 bus stops in the Parish? New bus shelter

35 of these bus stops have bus shelters. Of the remaining 12 bus stops without bus shelters the pavement is too narrow to site bus shelters at 7 of these bus stops. The shelter has been removed from the bus stop in Queensholm Drive on safety grounds after a number of accidents involving buses. There are 2 bus stops for alighting passengers only, so bus shelters are not necessary. We hope to fit shelters at the remaining 2 bus stops in the coming year. The bus stop outside Downend Toilets is no longer in use following termination of the number 4 bus service and re-routing of the no. 5 service to Emersons Green.


Parking for the Disabled

There are four designated parking bays for disabled drivers within the Parish as follows:-

  • Downend Centre, outside the Banks
  • Downend Centre, outside the Co-op Pharmacy
  • Quakers Road, outside the Sub Post Office
  • Cleeve Wood Road shops, outside the motorbike shop

These parking bays are for the benefit of disabled drivers and we ask drivers without a blue badge to refrain from using them as there is adequate free parking elsewhere.

Pavement Parking

Many drivers now park their vehicles partly on the pavement to leave wider access for vehicles using the road. It is essential to leave sufficient space on the pavement to enable wheelchair users, baby buggies and pedestrians to move freely along the pavement. Pavement obstruction is an offence.

Verge Parking

Many drivers are also parking their vehicles on the green verges leaving the grass churned up or a slippery muddy mess which is dangerous for pedestrians. The verges are owned by South Gloucestershire Council, who have the right to charge for rectifying damage. Vehicle obstruction is also an offence.

Your Parish Council is responsible for the cost of cutting the verges. These costs are still payable when vehicles obstruct the verge preventing the workforce from completing their work, so please remove vehicles from verges in the daytime.


Bromley Heath Road/Cleeve Wood Road Junction

In our recent newsletter we wrote about lengthy delays and traffic build-up at the junction of Bromley Heath Road/Cleeve Wood Road since the new traffic light sequencing was introduced by South Gloucestershire Council as a safety measure.

There is still time to give your views on the proposal from residents of cutting back the grass verge, moving the pavement back and widening the road to create a left hand filter lane into Bromley Heath Road to ease the traffic flow. Several other suggestions were received and are being considered.

South Gloucestershire Council will only consider this proposal if there is significant local support, so it's up to you to let us know your views. We can be contacted on

Road Repairs

Sandringham Avenue was resurfaced some time ago. Glendale, a section of Queensholm Crescent and the top section of Church Lane have all recently been resurfaced. Subsequent damage in Church Lane, caused by lorries delivering to the building site at the top of the road, will be rectified at their expense.

Planned Repairs

Quakers Road, from the junction of Bromley Heath Road to Queensholm Crescent, will be re-surfaced when the major work by the water company scheduled for July 2014 has been completed.


We regularly patrol the Parish to locate and identify potholes and these are reported to South Gloucestershire Council who are responsible for the state of our roads and for repairing potholes. Potholes can be reported direct to South Gloucestershire Council on their dedicated pothole line. 

Cycle Lanes

South Gloucestershire Council is responsible for the state of the cycle lanes in our Parish.  The section on Badminton Road near the junction with Cleeve Park Road is in a bad state and is due to be repaired during 2014.

Pedestrian Refuge

A new pedestrian refuge across Peache Road at the double mini roundabouts is scheduled for work during 2014/15.

Flashing Speed Signs

A flashing speed sign will shortly be installed on Cleeve Hill following a number of reports of speeding cars in the early hours.


The pavement on Badminton Road from Cleeve Avenue to Church Lane is due to be resurfaced during 2014.

Pavement Obstacles

As far as we are aware all pavement obstacles have now been removed. If you are aware of any that remain please contact or call 0117 9567001.