Each Sunday we review how one of our local councils provides information on public transport. Today it's the turn of Bristol City Council.
Where do the buses go?
Bristol is part of the area covered by TravelWest and it is there that they send you for bus info. There you'll find a section with bus maps, including this one for the city of Bristol and a city centre enlargement showing all routes by all operators. 5 out of 5.
TravelWest doesn't include much in the way of timetables, but there are links to all of the operators' sites. Thanks to the map mentioned above, novices can easily find out who runs the route they need to use. Bristol's own site includes direct links to the timetable pages of the two biggest operators in the city, First and Wessex Connect. As if that wasn't enough, TravelWest also mentions Traveline South West, on which you can see a list of all buses serving Bristol with route maps and timetables. 4 out of 5.
There's a link from Bristol Council to First's page about their revamped fares in the city, although that of course doesn't cover other operators. TravelWest has info on the BristolRider and AvonRider multi-operator tickets, but it's not in the Bus section of the website. There's also a multi-modal ticket, the Freedom Travelpass, available for bus and train, but neither the council nor TravelWest tell you about it. The best place to find out about that ticket is on First's website. The council and TravelWest have also forgotten to mention the Bristol Plusbus ticket. 2 out of 5.
So we have a decent map that's easy to use. Timetables aren't too difficult to find, but ticket information is patchy and incomplete unless you know which operator's site to refer to. Bristol City Council scores a total of 11 out of 15.