First Bus to run £57 million Cribbs Patchway metrobus service
Metro Mayor Dan Norris and South Gloucestershire Council have officially welcomed First Bus aboard plans for the brand-new Cribbs Causeway to Bristol Parkway metrobus service.
First Bus will run the new Cribbs Patchway ‘m4’ service opening in Spring 2023. Mayor Norris made the announcement alongside South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Steve Reade, and First’s Managing Director Doug Claringbold at Bristol Parkway Station.
The new service, providing a fast and direct bus route between Parkway Station and The Mall and linking with the existing ‘metrobus’ network, has been made possible thanks to a bumper £57 million cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority, led by the Metro Mayor.
The new bus route will benefit communities in Stoke Gifford, Patchway and the forthcoming mixed-use Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood development on the former Filton Airfield.
As part of the move, a number of bus stops along the route are being upgraded to ‘metrobus standard’ including having brand-new bus shelters, ‘iPoints’, cycle hoops, fully accessible kerbs and CCTV to keep locals safe while travelling, helping the Combined Authority and partners, including South Gloucestershire Council, in the mission to create a greener, safer West of England.
The Combined Authority will be working closely with First over the coming months to finalise details of the m4 service, with more information to be announced later in the year.
The new Cribbs Patchway bus route, which has been project-led by South Gloucestershire Council, also includes new bus lanes, cycle and pedestrian pathways, a new, larger bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, and improvements to the San Andreas roundabout at Cribbs Causeway. These improvements will benefit buses and locals alike.