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01 June 2015

Hospital bus reaches new milestone

UH Bristol's free hospital bus celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.

The service, which transports 12,000 people a month, is open to patients, visitors and staff, providing access to all our city centre hospitals.

Three buses operate simultaneously Monday to Friday on a circular route with stops at locations including Bristol Temple Meads railway station, Cabot Circus, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre and St Michael's Hospital.

Bus anniversary

With services approximately every 20 minutes, the first bus leaves Bristol Temple Meads at 6.40am and the last one departs from the BRI at 8.15pm. The service also stops at The Haymarket enabling people to access the park and ride bus stop.

Stewart Cundy, UH Bristol's transport manager and green travel coordinator, said: "The service has transported over one million people since it began. Our drivers are friendly and our service has become very popular.

"The service helps to provide better access to our hospitals, saving people money and in many cases taking away the stress of having to find a parking space. Over the years, our buses have helped reduce carbon emissions and eased congestion in our busy city centre by taking more cars off the road."

Hospitals' charity Above & Beyond contributes towards the funding of the service. Above & Beyond chief executive Sarah Talbot-Williams said: "We are so proud of our partnership with the free hospital bus and have supported this highly valued service since it began.

"We believe the service and its fantastic drivers help to take away some of the anxiety that patients can feel when coming to hospital. We also know that the free hospital buses can help to ease the strain on families and friends visiting loved ones, by taking them directly to the hospital's front door."

To download a free hospital bus timetable and for more information on getting to our hospitals please visit /patients-and-visitors/travelling-to-and-from-our-hospitals/.