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Free travel on new bus service

Created: 29th Oct 2013

Local residents and commuters can travel for free on a new bus service, which will provide vital connections to bus and rail routes for people living and working in North Somerset.

From Monday 4 November there will be no charge for trips on the new A2 bus service until Friday 27 December.

The A2 will link Yatton, Claverham, Congresbury, Langford, Bristol Airport, Backwell and Nailsea and is operated by First.

The service will interchange with bus, rail and airport connections, giving passengers plenty of options for getting to work or school, going on local trips or travelling further afield.

Running hourly Monday to Friday in peak times, the A2 will be ideal for commuters and shift workers from Weston, Bristol and Nailsea travelling to work in the area. For example, the first bus is scheduled to allow Bristol Airport workers to be on site to start shifts at 6am.

The Bristol Airport stop is ideal for those working at the airport or catching a plane and provides a much-needed bus link between Nailsea and the airport.

As well as benefitting the airport, the A2 will serve Langford Veterinary School and stop close to a number of smaller businesses in the area.

The A2 connects with the A38 and A370 bus routes, interchanging with the X1 Bristol to Weston-super-Mare service at Congresbury and Backwell, 121 Bristol to Weston-super-Mare service at Langford and Bristol Airport and X8 Clevedon and Portishead service at Nailsea.

Anyone travelling by train can take advantage of A2 bus stops at Yatton and Nailsea & Backwell stations linking to rail connections to Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Bristol and beyond.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways and transport said: "The new A2 bus service is the missing link for people in the central part of North Somerset who want to travel around the area and connect to work and leisure opportunities in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare. It also increases the options for people who are looking for employment in the area as well as widening the pool of potential staff for businesses who are recruiting."

The A2 has been made possible through the Department for Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) improving transport links in and around North Somerset for those travelling to work, school or training.

The service will run hourly, Monday to Friday, in both directions from 5.07am to 12.15pm and 3.50pm to 6.45pm. There is no need to book in advance for free travel on the A2, passengers can just turn up at the bus stop.

For more information, route map and a full timetable visit www.travelwest.info/A2link.

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