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Major Updates

m2 metrobus starts 3 September

Local bus operator First Bristol will start operating the new m2 metrobus service from Monday 3 September.

The m2 service will run between Long Ashton Park & Ride and the City Centre serving Ashton Gate Stadium, SS Great Britain, Wapping Wharf, Temple Meads Station and Cabot Circus. It replaces the current 903 service between Long Ashton P&R and the city centre, which is operated under contract to Bristol City Council.

On Mondays to Saturdays the m2 Service will run from 6am, with the last bus leaving the Long Ashton Park & Ride at 9.30pm. During peak times it will operate every 10 minutes, every 12 minutes during the off-peak, and three times per hour after 7pm. On Saturdays the service operates every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm, and three times hourly at other times.

A key benefit for all passengers, including current 903 users, is that all of First’s wide range of day, season and group tickets will be accepted on the m2, allowing through travel onto other services.

In the first two weeks of service, First will be offering m2 customers discounted travel with a promotional m2 week ticket for just £10, which is a 41% discount compared to a normal £17 FirstWeek ticket.

The m2 uses a guided busway for part of its route which allows services to avoid the often congested Brunel Way and Cumberland Basin.

New Sunday and night time service for m3 metrobus

Bus users using the premium m3 metrobus service between Lyde Green Park and Ride and the City Centre will be able to catch this quality service seven days a week.

Following the successful launch of the UK’s first buy-before-you-board service outside London, m3 operator First Bristol is expanding the existing Monday to Saturday timetable to include a Sunday service running half-hourly between 9am and 7pm. The new timetable starts from Sunday 16 September.

From the same date, the m3 will also provide evening and night journeys between 9pm and 4am on Mondays to Saturdays between The Centre and the University of the West of England (UWE), and on weekdays an additional U3 University service will mean that a frequent service will be provided between UWE and the city centre.

Over 120,000 passengers have travelled on m3 metrobus service

First Bristol have revealed that over 120,000 passengers have travelled on our m3 service since it started at the end of May.

First Bristol Managing Director James Freeman said at the beginning of August, “We are really delighted that already, after just two months, an impressive 120,000 passengers have already used the service, exceeding our expectations in every way and we are pleased to see signs of healthy growth.  We also know from what people are telling us that customers are pleased with the high quality, fast service and most importantly our friendly metrobus drivers.”

More information

Read our guide to the m2 and visit the new metrobus website for more information about metrobus.

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