Improved bus service connections to Southmead Hospital

Friday, 11 April 2014

With the new Brunel building due to open in a few weeks, changes to a number of bus services from Sunday 13 April will make it easier for staff and visitors to get to the new facility.

As part of preparations for the new hospital Bristol City Council has been working with North Bristol NHS Trust and South Gloucestershire Council over the last two years to improve public transport connections to the site.

Timetables on the improved services have been specifically designed so staff can use the bus to get to and from the hospital throughout the day including when they are on early or late shifts. 

The improved bus service links include:

  • A more frequent 501 service (operated by Wessex) between Avonmouth and Bristol Parkway via Bristol Parkway with an extended evening timetable. The last bus will leave the hospital at 23:17 towards Avonmouth and 23:28 towards Bristol Parkway. 
  • Service 502 – will provide later evening journeys and combined with the 501 timetable will provide a service every 20 minutes between Shirehampton and Bristol Parkway via Southmead Hospital (operated by Wessex)
  • Service 505 – will provide a new park and ride link from Long Ashton Park and Ride site on Monday to Saturday.  A new 505 service will run from Bower Ashton (Blackmoors Lane) to Southmead on Sundays (operated by Wessex)
  • A new 17 service (operated by First on a commercial basis) which runs from Keynsham to Southmead Hospital.
  • Extending the 18 service to Henbury via Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston (operated by First on a commercial basis)

All services will pick up and drop off at a new bus stop outside the main entrance of the Brunel building. 

For further information on bus services visit First Bus and Wessex Bus

The Trust has contributed £1.5m to improve transport for the new hospital while Bristol City Council provides funding support for the 501, 502 and 505 services.

Along with the improved bus links, Bristol City Council’s Sustainable Travel Team are working closely with North Bristol NHS Trust to help hospital staff find alternatives to the car for their commute. Staff can take advantage of free personalised travel advice and options such as free loan bikes and bus taster tickets.  Hospital staff can also have their bike serviced free of charge.

Peter Mann, Transport Service Director for Bristol City Council said: “These new bus services are designed to make it much easier for staff and visitors to travel to the new Southmead Hospital by public transport. We appreciate the commitment of the hospital and bus operators in working with us to make it easier for people to leave the car at home when they visit the hospital.”

Simon Wood, Director of Facilities at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “When the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol is open next month, there will be significant increases in bus services with nine regular bus services providing 35 services an hour to and from the hospital. Many of these will actually stop and pick up at the main entrance of the Brunel building making bus travel a more feasible option for many patients, visitors and staff.”

In addition, the following services call at stops in or near the hospital. All are operated commercially by First:

  • Service 24: Southmead Hospital to Ashton Vale
  • Service 76:  Cribbs Causeway to Hengrove
  • Service 82:  Southmead Hospital to Yate

Hospital services start moving to the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol on 12 May with A&E moving on the 19 May. All wards and outpatients services are due to be on site by 28 May.