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Transpora launches new Bristol bus route to replace service axed by First

Politicians and city leaders came out in numbers today as a new bus service launched in Bristol to replace one that fell victim to cuts. The new number 25 bus will run from the Eastgate retail centre and Tesco in Eastville, through St Werburghs and St Pauls, into Broadmead and the city centre.

It has been set up by bus company Transpora Group, and replaces a couple of services that have been dropped by Bristol’s biggest bus company First Bus West of England. First has been gradually cutting the bus services through St Pauls and St Werburghs in recent years.

In October 2022, they axed the number 5 route that went through that part of town and out to Downend, despite a vocal campaign against those cuts. The number 5 was partly replaced by a new bus, the number 47, which only went out as far as Eastville, but Bristol Live reported back in February it would also be dropped by First Bus in the latest round of cuts, with the bus company saying there weren’t enough passengers to make it commercially viable.

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London-based Transpora Group stepped in and said they thought they could make it work. “After the withdrawal of route 47, we noticed that this left the communities of St Pauls and St Werburghs no connection to Bristol City Centre, so we started route 25,” a spokesperson said.


The route started at the beginning of April, but had its official launch today - Friday, April 14 - with Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire, council transport chief Cllr Don Alexander, local councillors including Eastville rep Cllr Marley Bennett and members of the community in St Pauls and St Werburghs all getting on board.

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