Changes to Greyhound mean faster journeys between Bristol Airport and South Wales
Created: 2nd May 2014
A change to the route and timetable of Greyhound UK services means that from Sunday 4 May journey times for people travelling between Swansea and Bristol Airport by will be even shorter.
The change is being made to coincide with the launch of summer flight schedules and follows the announcement of new routes and increased capacity by airlines operating at the Airport.
The introduction of larger aircraft by Thomas Cook Airlines will deliver a 20 per cent increase in the number of flight-only seats and holidays it offers from Bristol this summer, while Thomson and First Choice have announced plans to add four new routes (to Pula and Dubrovnik in Croatia, Marrakesh in Morocco, and Santorini in Greece) from summer 2015. New services to Shannon (with Aer Lingus Regional) and Bologna (with Ryanair) started last month, and a codeshare agreement between bmi regional and Lufthansa makes connections to the German airline’s global network of 235 destinations accessible to passengers on flights to Munich (daily) and Frankfurt (twice daily).
For people from South Wales flying out of Bristol Airport, or for travellers coming into the country and looking for onward travel to Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend or Swansea, the Greyhound UK service operated by First Cymru offers the perfect way to get there. Luxury coaches – offering access to extra legroom and free onboard WiFi – leave Bristol Airport every hour for travel to Cardiff, and every two hours for journeys through to Swansea.
Travelling by Greyhound also means people can enjoy seamless journeys to and from the airport without needing to change between modes of transport (ie train / bus). Similarly passengers can leave the stress of driving, the hassle (and cost) of parking, and the cost of bridge tolls to someone else. Greyhound UK coaches pick up and drop off passengers right outside Bristol Airport’s terminal building and with journeys between Swansea and Bristol costing as little as £10* per person, per trip, there is really is no better way to get to there and back.
The changes to the route and timetable from 4 May – which mean Greyhound UK will no longer call at Bristol Bus Station or the University of the West of England – mean that end to end journey times will be up to 25 minutes shorter (depending on the time of day).
Talking about the changes Simon Cursio, Business Performance Director says: “Since its launch in March 2013 the Swansea to Bristol Airport Greyhound service has gone from strength to strength. We’re seeing increasing demand for travel in both directions – both into Wales from the Airport and vice versa. The addition of new routes and services will no doubt increase the appeal for both business travellers and holiday makers too, and we’d like to build on this moving forward.
“Customers should note that in revising the new timetable we’ve taken steps to speed up the end to end journey times; avoiding some of the issues we’ve faced with congestion in and around Bristol. We believe these quicker journeys into and out of Wales will appeal to more people, while those wishing to travel to North Bristol from the Airport will still have the option to use the other services that operate in that area.”
Pete Downes, Head of Commercial Ground Transportation at Bristol Airport, adds: “We are focused on improving access to Bristol Airport for customers from across our catchment area. The Greyhound service forms an important part of our surface access strategy and these timetable changes improve what is already an excellent service for passengers in South Wales.”
The changes at a glance:
- From Sunday 4 May Greyhound services will run hourly between Bristol Airport and Cardiff and every two hours between Bristol Airport and Swansea.
- Some existing journeys have been extended to operate to and from Swansea University. Specifically the 0845 departure from Swansea to Bristol Airport will begin at the University, while two journeys from Cardiff, leaving at 0725 and 1530 hours, will also be extended to terminate at the University.
- To speed up journey times, Greyhound UK coaches will no longer call at the University of West of England Campus in North Bristol or Bristol Bus Station. Instead they’ll travel via Avonmouth and Ashton Gate on their way to Bristol Airport. Coaches will serve stops outside the Portway Park and Ride and on Winterstoke Road in Bristol just outside the Ashton Gate Stadium.
For more information about Greyhound UK services, to view the timetable, or to book seats, log onto www.greyhounduk.com
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