Category: Buses

  • WECA’s Rail Plans

    WECA’s Rail Plans

    There have been several reports in the press in recent weeks about WECA’s plans to improve rail services around Bristol and Bath. Rail magazine reported on plans to electrify trains between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, while Bristol Live ran stories about potential new stations and more frequent services. These reports follow WECA’s approval…

  • Bus Stops near Ashley Down Station

    Bus Stops near Ashley Down Station

    Bristol Rail Campaign attended the full meeting of Bristol City Council in December 2023. We asked what plans they have to improve bus stops near Ashley Down Station. You may remember that last year we held an event to draw attention to poor interchange facilities, and apparent lack of planning. Muller Road The site of…

  • Portway Park & Ride Station: The first 100 days

    Portway Park & Ride Station: The first 100 days

    Portway Park & Ride Station opened with much fanfare 100 days ago on 1st August 2023. Leading local politicians, GWR officials and the Secretary of State for Transport attended. The event was widely reported on local media. Now that that the dust has settled, we review the new station to see what’s working and what…

  • Bristol buses

    Bristol buses

    Tim Weekes reflects on a month of bus travel around Bristol, Bath and the West of England using his Birthday Bus pass.

  • WECA A4 Bath to Bristol transport proposals

    WECA A4 Bath to Bristol transport proposals

    West of England Combined Authority (WECA) propose to make big changes to the A4 between Bath and Bristol. They have launched an online consultation which runs until 1st October. We urge you to read this and respond! The aim of these changes is to give better options for buses, bikes, walking and wheeling. We are…

  • Portway Park & Ride: Bus or Train?

    Portway Park & Ride: Bus or Train?

    Portway Park & Ride station is finally open. But after all the excitement of the opening ceremony, one question keeps cropping up: why do we need a train station when there is already a frequent bus service into Bristol? Which is best – bus or train?

  • Bus – rail integration: Montpelier to Chepstow

    Bus – rail integration: Montpelier to Chepstow

    Tim Weekes takes a trip from Montpelier to Chepstow by train and bus, to see how bus – rail integration can work.

  • Walks from local stations

    Walks from local stations

    Bristol is surrounded by interesting and beautiful places. The best way to see them is to walk from a local station.

  • Bus – Rail Interchange at Ashley Down Station

    Bus – Rail Interchange at Ashley Down Station

    FoSBR is concerned at a lack of interest in ensuring opportunities for bus – rail interchange at our local stations. This has come to a head with the new Ashley Down station.

  • WESTlink Demand Responsive Transport services

    WESTlink Demand Responsive Transport services

    WESTlink is a new service which has replaced around forty scheduled rural bus services in the West of England. It is a demand responsive transport (DRT) service, which is booked by telephone, online, or using a smartphone app. The background to WESTlink is discussed in detail in this article on Roger French’s ‘Bus and Train…