Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
A new transport plan to help fans travel to Ashton Gate Stadium on matchdays has been announced.
Building on the north and south bus service last season for football and rugby supporters, three additional services will be launched by First Bristol to improve matchday travel to Ashton Gate.
Bristol Sport chairman Martin Griffiths said: “We’ve been working with Bristol City Council and First Bristol to establish a coordinated transport strategy for the ‘new’ Ashton Gate. I am delighted that today we can announce further initiatives in this ongoing process.
“This season we will be able to host up to 27,000 fans on matchdays and want to ensure that their journey to and from the stadium is as easy as it can be.
“We hope supporters will take full advantage of these subsidised services. The routes have been developed to enhance fans' travel and also to ease congestion in key parts of the city.”
Last season saw First Bristol trial new matchday routes to the north and south of the city for rugby and football fans. For the 2016/17 season, starting with City’s opening game against Wigan this weekend, new routes to the east and west will be launched, along with a Temple Meads route for rugby fans on matchdays.
First Bristol commercial manager Simon Ford adds: “We’re delighted to build on the partnership that was established in 2014 with Bristol Rugby to offer fans more choice of travel on matchdays. The three new services include routes from the Portway Park & Ride; Brislington Park & Ride and a Temple Meads service for rugby fans to and from the stadium, with a number of stops on the way.
“We hope that supporters will embrace the new routes which should make their matchday travel cheaper, more efficient and more environmentally friendly to the city.”
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Bristol City cabinet member for transport added: “It is great to see these two companies working together to provide additional benefit for the public. With Ashton Gate expanding as a venue it is essential that fans are given every opportunity to use public transport as a mode of travel.”
Supporters can purchase the Bristol Inner Zone Day Ticket for £4 (adult), (£3 young person / student) and £2 (child). This ticket allows unlimited travel for a day on all First operated services in the Bristol Inner Zone, as well as special Ashton Gate services
Timetables for Bristol City matchdays can be found below, Bristol Rugby timetables including a Temple Meads service will be released shortly.
Bristol City matchday bus AG1 from Portway Park & Ride timetable
Bristol City matchday bus AG2 from Brislington Park & Ride timetable
Bristol City matchday bus AG4 from Whitchurch, Wharnecliffe Gardens timetable