A good deal has happened since the independent transport videos cameras last paid a visit to Bristol in the summer of 2018. The principal operator in the city is First West of England. In 2020 First have introduced a new look to the buses in Bristol. Route branding is changing from the simplified First livery with coloured fronts denoting the route to an overall colour scheme – a different colour for each route or group of routes and branded as ‘Citylines’. At the same time a fleet of 77 ADL Enviro400CBG City double-deckers have been introduced with biogas-fuelled Scania N280UD chassis. They carry the new route liveries and are seen on this programme. You will also see the buses on the rebranded Bath-Bristol service. Now called ‘Aquae’ the ADL Enviro400 MMC bodied Scania N250UD double-deckers carry a smart two-tone blue livery. We also see the ‘Metrobus’ buses in action. The M1 service (grey and pink livery) is operated by the HCT Group trading as Bristol Community Transport, M2 (grey and orange) & M3 (grey and green) are operated by First West of England. At the time of filming, Firstbus 39489 is in a grey and red livery as a spare vehicle. If you have watched our previous programme you will have seen the very first ‘Metrobus’ buses operating the initial free service that was used to introduce the new ‘Metrobus’ network.
Our programme begins in Bristol city centre where our cameras capture the colourful action for you to enjoy. We film in over fourteen different locations including Broad Quay, College Green, Park Street, St Augustine’s Parade, Colston Avenue, The Haymarket and St James Barton. Virtually all types of buses in the First West of England fleet are seen passing our cameras. We also see some DAF/Optare Spectra double-deckers on the 349 service from Brislington the city centre operated by local independent Abus and New Adventure Travel Mercedes Citaro buses on the X7 service that runs between Bristol and Chepstow in South Wales. A Stagecoach ‘Falcon’ coach is also filmed passing through the Centre on its long journey to Plymouth in Devon. The ‘excel’ branded buses are operated from First’s Weston-super-Mare depot for routes serving north Somerset. In the second part of this visit to Bristol, we move to north Bristol and begin filming at Canford Lane in Westbury-on-Trym. Here we catch up with Stagecoach West vehicles that operate a handful of local and contract services in this area of Bristol. From here we move to Patchway, which is the location of the large out-of-town shopping centre that is situated off Cribbs Causeway. Known as ‘The Mall’ it has a very busy bus station. Here buses pass through and terminate giving the bus enthusiast a great variety of buses to enjoy. Amongst the buses filmed are many of the new ‘biogas’ buses now in service as well as the ‘Metrobus’ M1 service that runs to Hengrove Park from here. We also see Stagecoach West buses passing through as well as New Adventure Travel Citaros on the X7 service heading to both Bristol and South Wales. Our filming takes place on Pegasus Road and Lysander Road that is adjacent to The Mall bus station giving us great photographic opportunities.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 74 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - September 2020