Services across North Somerset have been redesigned to make the most of opportunities to connect with retail, health, education, leisure and employment facilities.
Because all existing supported bus service contracts are being retendered at the same time, the council has worked hard to ensure that the schedule and frequency is designed to maximise convenience for passengers. There will be better linkages with school start and finish times, and more integration between bus and train services.
People will be able to buy a single ticket to travel on bus and train and fares will be capped.
Key improvements to services include:
Three new routes have been introduced between Clevedon and South Bristol, providing a joined up service for Yatton, Claverham, Brockley Combe, Felton, Winford and Dundry. Routes 53, 54 & 55 will be operated by HCT Group from Monday to Saturday every 90 minutes, with services to South Bristol Community Hospital and South Bristol Skills Academy as well as a range of retail and leisure facilities
Three revised routes have also been introduced between Nailsea and Portishead. Routes 57, 58 & 59 will be operated by Stagecoach West from Monday to Saturday every two hours.
Cllr Don Davies, Leader of the Council and executive member for public transport said: "People's travel habits have changed hugely over the past year with more people working from home than ever before. Even when restrictions are lifted we don't expect people to be completely office-based. Some households have reduced car ownership as a result, so there's a real opportunity to get more people travelling sustainably by bus.
"We have effectively ripped up the timetable and started again to make catching the bus more convenient and accessible. Journeys that weren't possible previously now are."
For more information about the services visit www.travelwest.info