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A4 Bath Air Decker

An additional late night service will be added from this coming Sunday (1 September).

Currently the first departure from Bath is at 0300 and the first departure from the airport at 0400, with the last departure from Bath at 2300 and the last departure from the airport at midnight. The service runs half-hourly from early morning until early evening then at hourly intervals linking Bath with the airport via a number of south Bristol outer suburbs as well as Keynsham and Saltford. From Sunday an extra departure will leave Bath at midnight and the airport at 0100.

Bath Bus Company which operates the service says the A4 route has continually grown since its inception in 2013 and is handling more passengers than ever.

Later this year two brand new low emission diesel engined double-deckers will join the dedicated all double-decker A4 fleet at a cost of nearly half a million pounds.
 

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superking

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Planning is being made to make the A3 service from Weston Super Mare to the airport.24 hours operation.
The service starts at WSM train station. The service has started calling at Worle Parkway in recent weeks. At a guess I would think the service would operate half hourly during the day and once per hour at night,thats my guess.All looks good for this service,but as normal its use it or lose it
 

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Planning is being made to make the A3 service from Weston Super Mare to the airport.24 hours operation.
The service starts at WSM train station. The service has started calling at Worle Parkway in recent weeks. At a guess I would think the service would operate half hourly during the day and once per hour at night,thats my guess.All looks good for this service,but as normal its use it or lose it
As with the A1 the A3 is an airport-run service, albeit First West of England actually provides the vehicles and staff under contract to BRS, so if the A3 is to be extended the airport is presumably happy. When I'm out and about I often see the A3, whether at the airport, in Weston or along the A370, and it appears to be better-used than seemed to be the case when it began.

What it doesn't do, and which the the old A2 did do, is serve a number of villages between Weston and the airport, but that was a different route to the A3 and took longer. I was told that the Carmel-operated A5 between Winford, the airport, and Winscombe along the northern section of the old A2 route would like to extend into Weston, continuing along the southern section of the old A2 route from Winscombe. I believe the airport and local authority subsidise the A5 route so the airport might not be keen to subsidise a competitor to its own A3 route.

The current A2 is the Airport Connect half-hourly double-decker service to Bristol city centre (Lewins Mead) via Bedminster. This is a First West of England service and I believe that the fares are cheaper than the A1 although the A2 doesn't call at Temple Meads but does terminate within 150 metres of the country bus and coach station. Another oddity is that pensioners' bus passes can be used on the A2 but not on the A1 (unless a pensioner has an authorisation from the airport but to get that you have to live in certain post codes around the airport).

I posted recently that the A4 Air Decker to Bath operated by the Bath Bus Company has just extended its operating hours and is now nearly 24 hours a day. It is also taking delivery of two new low-emission double deckers to replace some of the older vehicles in the fleet.

The 24-hours a day Stagecoach-operated Falcon service from Plymouth, Exeter and Taunton, seems to be well patronised when I see it at the airport as does the National Express (Edwards) 216 service from Cardiff and Newport.

BRS has a good selection of bus routes, most either 24 hours a day or nearly so. A lot of people would like a rail connection and on the face of it that would be an improvement - assuming frequency was adequate. It's not a panacea though. Only this week I pointed out in another F4A thread that Southampton Airport has a very convenient railway station almost in the terminal but it hasn't done anything to stop SOU's decline in passenger numbers and destinations in recent years with further culls announced only this week. The same applies with Prestwick Airport.
 

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Airport press release now published re the A3. Interesting that over 40% of passneger journeys on it are made by people working at the airport.


Weston Flyer to Provide 24/7 Airport Link as Part of Development Plans
Created: 20th Sep 2019

A round-the-clock bus service between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Airport forms part of a package of public transport improvements.

A3 Weston Airport Flyer Bus

These improvements would accompany future development if plans are given the go-ahead by North Somerset Council, boosting employment opportunities for residents and further strengthening links to the rail network.

The A3 Weston Flyer currently operates from Weston railway station every hour from 03:05 to 23:05, calling at Worle, Congresbury and Cleeve. The proposed enhancements will also see the route changed to call at Worle station. This will provide further opportunities to connect with the rail network, all on one integrated ticket making the interchange between transport modes quick and easy for passengers.

More than 75,000 journeys were made on the service during the last 12 months, of which more than 40 per cent were by people working at the Airport. Around 500 people from Weston work at the Airport, with development forecast to create a further 100 jobs for residents of the town. Operating 24/7 will make these jobs accessible to even more people, ensuring that all shift patterns are served by public transport from North Somerset’s largest population centre. Airport staff enjoy discounted fares on the Weston Flyer, with tickets including a connecting journey within First’s Weston Town Zone at no additional cost.

Paul Baker, Surface Access Strategy Manager, said:
“These enhancements will make the Weston Flyer even more attractive for passengers and staff. It further demonstrates our commitment to providing alternatives to the car when travelling to and from Bristol Airport.”
GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“It is great to see that the Weston Flyer will now call at Worle Station. The Airport Flyer service from Bristol Temple Meads is an incredible success and now the Weston service is growing in popularity. Having it stop at Worle station will further support our work to improve integrated travel and help shift people away from their cars.”

Mark Langman, Network Rail’s Wales & Western Regional Managing Director, said:
“This is another step forward as integrated travel and connectivity between the railway and Bristol Airport is further improved following strategic partnership working.

“The Airport Flyer service from Bristol Temple Meads is already very popular and a huge success. This builds on significant improvements to the railway in and around Bristol in recent years which is providing more frequent services and thousands more seats.”

The new stop at Worle station would bring the number of railway stations linked to Bristol Airport in the future to five*. This follows the announcement earlier this year of plans to trial an innovative new public transport service which would provide links to Yatton and Nailsea & Backwell stations, as well as the towns of Clevedon and Yatton. ‘Demand responsive’ shuttle services could be in operation on these routes as early as 2020.

Significant highways improvements are also proposed in the Airport’s plans to increase capacity from 10 to 12 million passengers a year, alongside major investment in sustainable travel, which will be set out in a new and ambitious Airport Surface Access Strategy.
 

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With todays prices £200.000 wont go all that far.It will for sure to see what and how they do the improvements,but don't hold yr breath when they will make a start of it.
 

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Isn't this matched / complemented by a contribution from the airport as well? (I have a vague memory of £400,000, but maybe that was for something else or the economic link in general in case that's a separate project).
 

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With todays prices £200.000 wont go all that far.It will for sure to see what and how they do the improvements,but don't hold yr breath when they will make a start of it.
The £260,000 seems to be to enable the local authority to study the problem and come up with proposals. It's not intended to pay for any actual work on the A38 because, as you say, that wouldn't go very far.
Isn't this matched / complemented by a contribution from the airport as well? (I have a vague memory of £400,000, but maybe that was for something else or the economic link in general in case that's a separate project).
Possibly this that you posted a couple of years ago - post #227 in this thread. The airport would contribute £450,000 and North Somerset Council £200,000. The £260,000 quoted in the recent Bristol Post article (post #365 above) seems to be money provided by the government so the two might not be linked, although they have partly the same aim.

BBC West reports that North Somerset Council is about to agree to spend £650k on an options study for better transport links to the airport.
 

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