Bath Bus Company’s new Bath to Bristol Airport service

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The Tilling Green base livery of the vehicles is similar to that which was used on Bath buses from the 1940s to the 1970s
The Tilling Green base livery of the vehicles is similar to that which was used on Bath buses from the 1940s to the 1970s

The Bath Bus Company is due to start running its new Bath to Bristol Airport service this Sunday (March 24).

The commercially operated service will run almost around the clock every hour – except between midnight and 0300hrs. Five Alexander Alx400-bodied Volvo B7TLs have been acquired from fellow RATP-owned firm London United. Numbered A501-5, they are registered SK52 URX / URY / USG / USH / USJ.

The buses have been painted Tilling Green, the colour of Bath buses from the 1940s to 1970s but with lime green roof and bold branding for the service. Numbered A4, the route happens to fit with other bus services to the airport from Bristol itself, but is appropriate as this route follows the A4 road from Bath via Keynsham and Saltford, which forms a quality corridor as part of the local authorities’ Quality Partnership Scheme. The route then turns off the A4 to follow the South Bristol ring road to the airport.

The vehicles have been modified to include luggage racking on the lower deck and some seating with tables upstairs. Video screens will provide information and advertising on board.

Martin Curtis, Managing Director of the Bath Bus Company told CBW: “The service has been warmly welcomed by residents, the tourist industry – as no direct link with Bath currently exists – and political leaders. Bristol Airport itself is growing rapidly with six million passengers expected to use the terminals this year.”