New look airport buses join the fleet
Created: 31st Jan 2018
The first of a fleet of new look larger double decker buses was unveiled at Bristol Airport this week. The vehicle forms part of a £3 million makeover which will see 12 new buses operating the Bristol Airport Flyer service from the middle of February doubling the capacity on this exceptionally popular transport link between the City Centre and the Airport.
The new buses will also have the capability of taking advantage of the Metrobus route guided busway when this opens later in the year.
The Flyer links the Airport to Bristol Temple Meads, Marlborough Street Bus Station and other city centre locations. The service is operated on behalf of Bristol Airport by First West of England and runs every 10 minutes at peak times.
Tickets for travel, including onward rail connections, can be booked in advance online or using the Fast Ticket machine at the Airport. The new vehicles will be equipped with the latest technology to allow contactless payments via debit/credit cards, the First Bus M-Ticket app or via Apple Pay.
The new vehicles are wheelchair and baby buggy accessible, with special racks on the lower deck to stow luggage.
Each bus features leather seats and wood-effect flooring, with some seats enjoying a table location as well as free WiFi access and USB charging points. The new vehicles will also deliver improvements in fuel efficiency and emission reductions as they are compliant with Euro 6 standards.
James Freeman, Managing Director, First West of England said:
“We are so pleased that our work with Bristol Airport has evolved these splendid new buses, which deliver much-needed extra capacity to the Flyer service. We are sure that customers will appreciate the extra seats, the extra space and the wonderful panoramic views of the city from the upper deck on the way into town especially! These are the most luxuriously-appointed buses in the West of England.”
Tom Hack, Head of Commercial at Bristol Airport, said:
“We expect in excess of around 1 million passengers to use the Flyer in 2018, and around 12% per cent of all passengers now choose the service.
“The introduction of the larger, double decker buses on the route shows our commitment to significantly improve public transports links to the Airport providing enhanced public transport services to passengers and staff."