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 (18, 48, X48, 462), Yate & Chipping Sodbury (47, N47), Bath & Cribbs Causeway (319), Bristol (47, 48, 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 following bus services operate through Downend:
|18||Emersons Green-Downend -Parkway- Southmead Hospital-Henbury|
|47||Bristol-M32-Fishponds-Downend-Coalpit Heath-Yate-Chipping Sodbury|
|N47||Bristol-M32-Downend-Yate-Chipping Sodbury (Night Owl night bus)|
|X48||Bristol-Bromley Heath-Emersons Green (Express Bus)|
|462||Emersons Green-Downend-M32-Bristol (Shoppers Express Bus)|
The no 5 service has recently been withdrawn from Downend. We are pressing First to re-introduce this service at the earliest opportunity. Until they do so residents living in the Overndale Road area of the parish have no direct access to public transport. This bus service was particularly usefull for getting to the Eastgate Centre.
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 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. The bus terminates at Temple Meads Station.
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:||Time:||Time:||Time:|
|Bristol Colston Street – stop Ce||00.15||01.55||03.35|
|Bristol Nelson Street – stop Hc||00.17||01.57||03.37|
|Bristol Haymarket – stop Rh||00.19||01.59||03.39|
|Bristol Bond Street – stop C||00.20||02.00||03.40|
|Bromley Heath Road/Quakers Road||00.30||02.10||03.50|
|Downend, The Horseshoe||00.32||02.12||03.52|
|Westerleigh Road/Westbourne Road||00.35||02.15||03.55|
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.
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 no longer in use following termination of the number 4 & 5 bus services.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The remainder of the road will be re-surfaced in due course.
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.
Additional cycle stands are being installed at various locations along Downend Road.
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 email@example.com 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 vandalproof paint to combat this. Removing graffiti often causes more unsightly damage to the cabinets.