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 Eastville Shopping Centre (5), Emersons Green (18, 48, X48, 462), Yate & Chipping Sodbury (47, 47A), Bath & Cribbs Causeway (19), Lyde Green (X48, 462), 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 number 5 has been extended to Downend (near the Horseshoe). The half hourly service will run seven days a week and include a late night Sunday service leaving Bristol City Centre at 23.20. Buses will have ‘mint green’ coloured fronts for easy identification.
The number 19 (formerly 319) now has longer evening and Sunday services.
The following buses operate through Downend, the timetables for which are available from Downend Library:-
|5||Bristol-Eastville-Fishponds-Cleeve Wood-Downend (Mint Route)|
|18||Emersons Green-Downend -Parkway- Southmead Hospital-Henbury|
|47||Bristol-M32-Fishponds-Downend-Coalpit Heath-Yate-Chipping Sodbury|
|47A||Bristol-M32-Fishponds-Downend-Bromley Heath-Coalpit Heath-Frampton Cotterell-Yate-Chipping Sodbury (Night Bus) until end of March 2017|
|48||Bristol-Fishponds-Downend-Emersons Green (including late night services)|
|X48||Bristol-Bromley Heath-Lyde Green (Express Bus)|
|462||Lyde Green-Emersons Green-Downend-M32-Bristol (Shoppers Express Bus)|
Timetables for all bus services can be accessed on www.travelinesw.com.
Paper timetables and Bus Maps are also available from the First Travel Shop at Marlborough Street Bus Station in Bristol.
462 Shoppers Bus
This service is funded jointly between Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council and Emersons Green Town 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. The bus terminates at Temple Meads Station.
47A Night Bus – until the end of March 2017
The N47 Night Bus has been withdrawn by First and replaced by the 47A service. This service is funded jointly between neighbouring Parish Councils and operates in the early hours of Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings. The route, times and number of journeys have been changed. Standard fares apply for the journey (except for concessionary pass holders). Security cameras operate on this service for the safety of passengers.
47A Night Bus Revised Route:
M32, Fishponds Road, Downend Road, Cleeve Hill, Bromley Heath Road, Quakers Road, Four Acre Road, Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell, Yate & Chipping Sodbury. The buses will also provide a return journey into Bristol.
47A Timetable Saturday & Sunday Mornings
Bristol, Broad Quay Stop CL 0131 0331
Bristol, Bus Station 0135 0335
Fishponds, Channons Hill 0146 0346
Downend, Horseshoe 0150 0350
Bromley Heath Road
Four Acre Road
Return Journey to Bristol from Chipping Sodbury
Downend Horseshoe 0304
Fishponds, Channons Hill 0308
Bristol Bus Station 0320
Broad Quay Stop CL 0324
Changes to the 47A Night Bus
The 47A weekend Night Bus service between Bristol City Centre and Chipping Sodbury will be withdrawn by First Bus from the end of March 2017. The 48 bus service will continue to run throughout the night. The hourly night service runs between Bristol City Centre and the Trident, in Downend, with buses departing from Rupert Street (Hg bus stop) on the hour, from 1.00am to 4.00am. Buses will take the normal 48 route, and the journey to the Trident in Downend takes approx. 25 minutes during the night. The service will run continuously throughout the year excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Did you know there are 47 bus stops in the Parish?
36 of these bus stops have bus shelters. Of the remaining 11 bus stops without bus shelters the pavement is too narrow to site bus shelters at 8 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. The bus stop outside Downend Toilets is currently used as a layover stop for the number 5 bus service, before returning to Bristol.
Parking for the Disabled
There are six designated parking bays for disabled drivers within the Parish as follows:-
- Downend Centre, outside the Banks
- Downend Centre, outside the Co-op Pharmacy
- Downend Clinic, Buckingham Gardens
- Downend Library, Buckingham Gardens
- 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.
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.
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.
We received a large number of responses to our consultation 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.
The planned road works for the Rapid Transit Scheme (bus route) along the A4174 Ring Road will have a major impact on traffic along Bromley Heath Road. In view of this the consultation has been put on hold until the work is complete. The responses to the proposal will then be reconsidered.
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 email@example.com.
Badminton Road Accident Site
Bollards have finally been installed at the Badminton Road accident site, replacing the damaged wooden fencing along the kerb side. Hopefully these bollards will prevent further accidents on this bend.
Sandringham Avenue was resurfaced some time ago, followed by Glendale, a section of Queensholm Crescent and the top section of Church Lane. 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. Quakers Road, from the junction of Bromley Heath Road to Queensholm Crescent, was re-surfaced following major work by Bristol Water. A table top crossing has been installed outside Bromley Heath Schools and the remainder of Quakers Road has been resurfaced. A speed limit of 20mph exists past the schools.
Cleeve Road and Four Acre Road (between Quakers Road and Badminton Road) will be resurfaced in April 2017. Work will take approximately one week and diversions will be in place whilst the work is carried out.
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 web page – under ‘P’ on the A-Z list at www.southglos.gov.uk.
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 was in a bad state and has recently been repaired.
Trees & vegetation have been cut back along the cycle path between Badminton Road and Bromley Heath Road and lighting has been installed to make the path safer. Cyclists are asked to use their lights and bells, when necessary, to ensure pedestrians are aware of their presence.
Cycle maps are available from Downend Library and cover the following areas:
Bristol Map covers Avonmouth, South Bristol, Bristol City Centre and Kingswood.
The planned pedestrian refuge across Peache Road at the double mini roundabouts is under review.
Flashing Speed Signs
Data from the flashing speed sign installed on Cleeve Hill in 2014 demonstrated a high incidence of speeding traffic. The Speedvisor will be re-installed to allow further data to be gathered before South Gloucestershire Council decide the best course of action. The Speedvisor will also be used on other roads as necessary.
The pavement on Badminton Road from Cleeve Avenue to Church Lane was resurfaced in 2014 and is a great improvement.
As far as we are aware all pavement obstacles have now been removed. If you are aware of any that remain please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 9567001.
Many of the street cabinets in our parish suffer from graffiti. We have asked BT Openreach and Virgin to repaint using vandal proof paint to combat this. Removing graffiti often causes more unsightly damage to the cabinets.
Welcome to Downend signs
Some new signs have been installed across the parish welcoming visitors to the area.
These also help to delineate our boundary.