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Author Topic: Bristol Free bus service trial this weekend.  (Read 7245 times)
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« on: December 07, 2010, 10:57:53 am »


Looks like they are operating a trial service this weekend:

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/aboard-bus-free-trips-round-city-centre/article-2976678-detail/article.html


I wish them luck and hopefully it will work out.

Here is their website which contains further infromation:

http://www.freebus.org.uk/info.html


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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2010, 11:20:59 am »

Seems  like the trial is doing well:

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Freeing-city-s-travel-network/article-2994334-detail/article.html

Wonder  if we will  see any reponse from First?
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2010, 10:18:53 pm »

Seems  like the trial is doing well:

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Freeing-city-s-travel-network/article-2994334-detail/article.html

Wonder  if we will  see any reponse from First?

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2010, 10:40:31 pm »

Ignore this reply.  The cider has gone to my head.  Today is the 11th, so I won't be trying this service tomorrow  Grin Cheesy Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2011, 05:53:41 am »

It would appear that this project is still very much alive. FreeBus Bristol plan to start a 6 month trial Saturday service from next month.

A volunteers meeting (open to all) will be held at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol on Wednesday 18th May, 7pm.

http://www.freebus.org.uk/index.html
 
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011, 03:56:58 pm »

They are using a 46 seater single decker service starting this weekend. Operates from 1am til 6pm.

 i wonder if this will be low floor or maybe a vintage  bus would be nice, wonder who suplying the bus maybe north somerset coaches perhaps?
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011, 04:48:00 pm »

1am?
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011, 05:08:05 pm »

sorrt forgot the 0, i meant 10am
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2011, 06:01:28 pm »

They are using a 46 seater single decker service starting this weekend. Operates from 10am til 6pm.

This weekend? Their website has the start day listed as Saturday June 11th.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2011, 06:23:27 pm »

From the Bristol Evening Post:

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Free bus service to take to road in Bristol from next month

A free bus service which was trialled in Bristol city centre last year will run regularly from next month.

The weekend service will run in a loop around the city centre every half-an-hour from June 11 after volunteers raised thousands of pounds to turn their ambitious plans into a reality.

Not-for-profit charitable organisation FreeBus has netted ^6,310 towards the project ^ securing a regular free bus service for at least six months.

Passengers will be able to hop on the 46-capacity single-decker bus without charge at Bristol Temple Meads, Cabot Circus, Broadmead and the Centre.
 
The service has been made permanent following a successful pilot weekend held in December last year, when dozens of passengers took advantage of free transport.

Jack Phillips, chairman of FreeBus, said the service would run between 10am and 6pm, starting at Bristol Temple Meads. He said: "We are absolutely delighted. The fact that this is being launched is an indication of how much support Bristol residents have shown for the project. We've been successful at fundraising and hopefully once it is up and running we will be able to raise quite a bit more and launch some other routes around Bristol."

He said the bus would initially be stopping at four stops, but a stop in Victoria Street could be added.

Gus Hoyt, spokesman for FreeBus, which has eight directors and 650 members, said: "There will be 15 volunteers helping us on the launch weekend, which is more than enough. There is a bank of about 60 of them on our books. The vehicle and the drivers will all be subcontracted."

Mr Hoyt, a city councillor representing Ashley ward, said the organisation had initially set itself a fundraising target of ^10,000 before it emerged that a much lower amount would be needed to get the project off the ground.

He said: "The ^10,000 was required for the route we had planned when we first started. The original route was going to go around Easton, St Paul's and Stoke's Croft. We realised that we needed an amount closer to ^3,000 to do the city centre service for the first six months. We also found out that the first bus company we had spoken to had given us a much higher quote."

Mr Hoyt said the service could be expanded to serve other parts of the city. He said: "If we can show that the project has worked and can fund itself, we will get funding to start serving some of the Bristol communities."

For more information, visit www.freebus.org.uk.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2011, 10:02:58 pm »

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Bristol free bus scheme plans weekend start

A free-to-use bus service which has been funded by local residents is to launch in Bristol on Saturday.

The service, which ran a free trial in December, will initially run on a loop between Bristol Temple Meads railway station and the city centre.

Passengers can use the service for free but are encouraged to make donations.

Chair Jack Phillips said: "FreeBus provides a different funding model. Our growing membership means we can expand and start bidding for other routes."

Last week, Bristol City Council announced large cuts to the publicly-subsidised bus services in the city.

The ^2m of cuts could see services such as the school yellow buses and off-peak bus services axed.

Park and ride bus fees may also rise.
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2011, 03:52:52 pm »

We were asked to quote for operating this with a heritage bus... bearing in mind the cost of Fuel, Insurance, proper maintenance, wages and registration costs, a proper quote was given, and we never heard back.

Interesting the request for "donations" to travel on a "free bus" - the Traffic Commissioners will certainly not view the operator of the service in good light for running an illegal (unregistered) bus service as it is operating for Hire & Reward.
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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2011, 06:39:47 pm »

If the donations should be given to the coach operator then I think it would fall into problems with the Traffic Commissioners.

However if the donations are given to the organisers the this would be a very different matter and, I think, beyond the control of the Traffic Commissioners.

Many organisations (and individuals) hire coaches and the charge their members and friends for travel on the hired coach and this is beyond the scope of the TCs who, in any case, would not have the resources to monitor such private hire.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2011, 10:13:40 am »

found this:

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Free-bus-service-just-ticket/story-12759652-detail/story.html

looking at the livery of the vehicles itself, i would say its either been hired from faresaver or wessex connect.

I do hope that it prooves a sucess, first do need a bit of competition in bristol
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2011, 01:21:07 pm »

Wessex Connect running it by the looks of things. Would not be surprised if this goes tits up but they realise viability of competition to First and run a cheaper service on their own. Can't see it being a major success though unless they run a peak service M-F to cater for commuters from the station. Though how it would fund itself is still a mystery as I can't see people willingly donating to use a service. Why not just get plusbus or reutrn on 8/9 which isn't all that expensive
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