New Bristol Airport to Bath direct bus link announced

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The Bath Bus Company is set to start new bus service from Bath to Bristol Airport. The hourly service will commence on March 24, 2013 and will serve Bath, Saltford, Keynsham, South Bristol and Bristol Airport.

The announcement comes a fortnight after the airport announced it is to strengthen its links with the important South Wales market with the extension of First Greyhound’s Swansea to Cardiff service.

Martin Curtis, MD of the Bath Bus Company said he had been planning the link for some time and but had kept his plans under wraps until last week.

Mr Curtis said: “It’s a commercial service. Fares will be competitive and in line with other transport providers. During 2012, 5.8m passengers used Bristol Airport.”

Mr Curtis told CBW there has been a lot of interest in the route since its announcement. The link will operate with five refurbished ex-London Volvo B7TLs with Alexander bodies. The buses will sport a traditional green livery harking back to Bath’s original buses. “Volvos are favoured by our Engineering Director, and they are common in our existing fleet. So when the opportunity arose it was an obvious choice,” he said.

The route will travel through South Bristol, Keynsham and Saltford on its way from the airport, taking passengers to Bath city centre in just over an hour.