Lyde Green gets six extra buses an hour
PUBLIC transport links to Lyde Green will be hugely increased when First connects the new estate to two of its major routes.
The Bristol area's biggest bus operator has announced that, from September 15, both the 48 and 49 services will be extended from Emersons Green to Lyde Green and the Bristol & Bath Science Park.
Lyde Green is already served by the metrobus m3 and m3x, Stagecoach's 86 Kingswood to Yate service and the peak-time South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach 462 to the city centre via Mangotsfield and Bromley Heath.
But a spokesperson for First said the extension of the 48 and 49 would mean an extra six buses per hour serving Lyde Green and the science park.
Buses would use Willowherb Road to reach the science park from the existing terminus at Sainsbury's in Emersons Green.
The spokesperson said: "As the number of occupied houses in Lyde Green has increased and we have reviewed requests and feedback from customers, we now feel it is the right time to extend Service 48/49 to Lyde Green.
"There is not expected to be any negative impact on reliability and punctuality, as added resource will be used to allow for this extension."
The extension will mean some changes to timetables but the frequency of services on the routes will be the same.
The 48 goes to the city centre via Blackhorse Lane, Downend, Fishponds, Eastville, Easton and Old Market, while the 49 travels through Mangotsfield and Staple Hill before taking the same route as the 48 from the top of Fishponds Road.
Once the changes are introduced, the first bus from the science park to the city centre will be a 48 leaving at 4.10am on weekdays, with the first service in the opposite direction a 49 leaving the centre at 4.30am.
The final bus back from the city centre will leave at 12.30am and is timetabled to arrive at the science park at 1.16am, with the last bus from the science park leaving for the centre at 12.37am.
From the same date there will also be some timetable changes to the metrobus m3x, although frequencies will remain the same, and the bus may divert via Stoke Lane, Coldharbour Lane and the bus gate when the M32 is congested, although it will not make any stops on the diversion route.