Bristol’s second metrobus service started on Monday (3 September). The m2 follows the success of the m3 service. First West of England says that 120,000 passengers travelled on the m3 in its first two months of service.
The m2 uses a guided busway for part of its route, allowing services to avoid the often congested Brunel Way and Cumberland Basin.
MD James Freeman says: “metrobus is proving to be a public transport success story, with take up of the first route exceeding our expectations.
“We predict that the second route will be equally popular given that it will be attractive to both visitors to the city and employees looking to access the city centre quickly and cost effectively.
“There are already early signs of a modal shift, with research suggesting a potential reduction of 13,200 commuter journeys by cars a year."
Bristol City Council Director of Transport Peter Mann says: “More than one in five people surveyed at Lyde Green, the first stop on m3 into the city centre, say they have switched from using their car, so metrobus is already doing what it set out to do.”