A new bus service will operate between local villages and Bristol Airport from Tuesday 29 May.Service A5 has been developed by North Somerset Council, in conjunction with Bristol Airport and local groups. The new service is funded through developer contributions from Bristol Airport as part of their expansion plans and commitment to supporting local communities.Carmel Bristol has been commissioned to operate the service on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays). It will replace bus service A2, which First West of England currently operate in the area.There are two routes available on service A5, depending on the time of day. All journeys start from Winford and serve the villages of Felton, Wrington and Langford, also stopping at Bristol Airport. From Langford the service will either operate to Winscombe via Churchill and Sandford or Yatton Railway Station via Congresbury.Passengers can connect with bus and rail services for onward travel at Bristol Airport, Congresbury and Yatton Railway Station.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member responsible for transport, said: “We have worked closely with Bristol Airport to secure a public transport service for rural villages in the area. This service provides an opportunity for local communities to connect with both a major transport interchange and also access the employment opportunities that Bristol Airport offers.”

Paul Baker, Surface Access Manager at Bristol Airport added: “We are delighted to see the introduction of this new bus service for the local area, another positive step in improving surface access to Bristol Airport which is a key feature of our emerging Master Plan. This new bus route will help to connect local villages as well as offering a great interchange opportunity at the airport for onward journeys.”

Carolyn Alderton from Carmel Bristol said: “We are pleased to be able to provide this vital service, connecting the airport with local towns and villages.”

Full timetable information is available on Traveline at www.travelinesw.com. Paper copies of the timetable leaflet will be made available on the current A2 service or can be requested from public.transport@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Original press release by North Somerset Council:

http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/news/new-bus-service-connects-villages-with-bristol-airport/