The new ‘m4’ bus running between Cribbs Causeway and Bristol started running this Sunday (22 January 2023).
The m4 will run between 6am and 11pm on weekdays, with a later start at weekends. It runs every 20 minutes on Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The route serves communities in Patchway and Stoke Gifford. It will also eventually serve the new Brabazon development on the former Filton Airfield.
Thanks to £57 million of funding from the West of England Authority, led by Mr Norris, works along the m4’s new route – which include the installation of a new railway bridge and brand-new bus lanes on Gipsy Patch Lane, as well as upgrades to bus stops, installation of bus shelters and iPoints (combined ticket machines and information displays) – have been completed.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris says First West of England have told him they have enough drivers to run the new route without impacting other important local services. He said: “While local councils are cutting the buses they fund, in contrast it is positive to see First’s new m4 service start running which will make a difference to people in Stoke Gifford, Patchway and beyond now important work like the widening of Gipsy Patch Lane to install bus lanes – fully funded by the West of England Mayoral region I lead – has been completed. I have received assurances there are enough drivers to run this new service but I will keep monitoring this closely. Please do give the buses a try.”