Patchway to get 24-hour bus service from March

Number 75 bus on Coniston Road, Patchway.

An experimental agreement between the Mayor of Bristol and First Group announced this week will give Patchway a 24-hour bus service on six days of the week from 24th March.

The no. 75 Hengrove to Cribbs Causeway route, which runs along Coniston Road in Patchway, will operate hourly in both directions between midnight and 5am.

While the 75 will operate on a fully commercial basis throughout the night, a further seven services (the 40, 43, 44, 48, 54, 70 and 90) will be extended to run until 3am through pump priming by Bristol City Council at a cost of £60,000 a year.

At present the City Council supports night buses across six routes on Saturdays and Sundays only (between midnight and 6am) at a cost of £40,000 a year. It is hoped that First will be able to take over the running of the new night services on a commercial basis as soon as they have established themselves.

The new six-day-a-week services are expected to attract shift workers as well as the traditional pub and club market. It also means that theatres, restaurants and other leisure activities can consider longer operating hours.

Talking about the new service, Marc Reddy, Regional Commercial and Business Growth Director for First in the South West and Wales, said:

“At the end of last year we began operating late night journeys on service 73 (Bristol City Centre – Bristol Parkway Station via Gloucester Road and Filton Avenue) on a commercial basis and these have proved popular.”

“This is good news for Bristol. It means the city will have a much more comprehensive night bus service. Our plans to move Service 75 to be a truly 24-hour operation will, we expect, also be welcomed, especially by those who need to travel either for work or leisure in the small hours of the morning.”

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said:

“This is a good outcome. A major city with a late-night culture as vibrant as Bristol’s must have a night bus service.”

“And it easily has the potential to run as a self-funding private business. It just needs to be bigger, bolder and braver.”

“Better late night connections make the city a more attractive place for more late night activity which brings more users to the night buses.”

Related link: Bus Services in Patchway (The Journal)


  1. Wouldn’t it be better to spend the money on subsiding fares rather than pumping extra money into services that in all honesty won’t effect the majority of bus users

  2. how can a 24 hour bus service be good,one bus going through patchway with hardly anyone sat on it,continue as it is now and the money they will waste on diesel etc be used for cheaper fares on the current bus service,running a 24 hour service wont make bus fares cheaper.

  3. If the service is to enable Shift Workers to get to and from work, then its a good idea. However, I think it would be more appropriate for the service to use Highwood Road which is the ‘Bus Corridor’.

    The Traffic starts going pass my home about 04.30 each morning and is still streaming pass at 11.00pm.

    We are already having to put up with the diverted traffic and huge Lorries reversing around the corner once they realize the have gone the wrong way.

    Please give us a break.

  4. Let us give the initiative a fair chance before criticising. With regard to using the money as a subsidy towards daytime fares, if the cost of service provision were distributed between those users, the amount of subsidy would be imperceptible once divided.

    With regard to the bus using the Highwood Road, as opposed to Coniston Road, the number of potential users would be drastically reduced. It certainly won’t reduce the numbers of lorries having to reverse outside another correspondent’s house because the driver of said vehicle can’t read!

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