05 Jun 2014
Details of one of the biggest changes to bus services in the Cheltenham area for many years have been announced today by leading operator Stagecoach West. Following a period of detailed journey analysis, roadside monitoring and a review of customer feedback, Stagecoach will be making a number of changes and improvements to its Cheltenham bus network.
The changes are being launched on Monday, 23 June 2014.
Stagecoach is improving the frequency of service 41 which will now operate every 20 minutes during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays.
Service 42, and new route 42A will provide a 30 minute frequency between Cheltenham and Tewkesbury including the Wheatpieces area. Some peak time journeys will now extend to Ashchurch Railway Station to connect with trains. At other times a new link to Mitton and Priors Park is being introduced providing these areas with a direct bus to Cheltenham for the first time. The new timetable will also improve the punctuality and reliability of this service.
Service 51 will see a huge overhaul. Brand new double decker buses will be introduced and these will feature free Wi-Fi, more comfortable seats and lower emission, greener engines. A new evening and Sunday service will operate providing buses between Cheltenham and Cirencester. There are other changes to the timetable to improve punctuality.
As a result of feedback, the route of service C will alter in Sprinbank. All journeys heading out of Cheltenham will turn left into Lipson Road and then right onto Hester’s Way Road instead of Welch Road. There is no change to the route of journeys heading into Cheltenham.
The timetables for services A, D and 94 are being adjusted to ensure that the gaps between journeys are reduced, particularly at peak times. We are investing in additional buses to substantially improve the punctuality and reliability of these services.
There are also changes to the timetables of services B, H and 94X.
There are no changes to the routes and timetables of services P, Q, 10, 46, 94U, 97, 98 and 99.
Rupert Cox, managing director, Stagecoach West, said: “These changes will substantially improve the punctuality of buses in and around Cheltenham plus introduce more buses in Tewkesbury. The investment for service 51 will vastly enhance the customer experience and I am sure that the new Sunday service for Cirencester will be popular.
“We have taken on board the suggestions we received from customers and our staff, and used these to develop the new timetables, frequency changes and route extensions, which are all designed to make travelling by bus in the Cheltenham are even easier.”
For more information about the changes pick up a leaflet on board or visit www.stagecoachbus.com/west.