Bristol Army Cadets Support New Bus Service Launch


The City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force (BACF) is one of the faces of Bristol’s new m1 metrobus service.

The m1 is the third and longest metrobus route, connecting south Bristol, Bedminster, the city centre, UWE, Bradley Stoke and Cribbs Causeway.

Bristol Community Transport, who are operating the m1 service under contract to First West of England, have invested in a fleet of new buses running on bio gas generated from food and farm waste and sewage and created up to 60 new driver and support positions at their Bedminster depot. This represents the first major investment in biogas buses in the area and puts the West of England at the forefront of low emission bus operations powered by alternative sources.

To reflect the importance of the new service in supporting local communities, artwork featuring community groups and organisations based on the route will feature on the inside rear of the vehicles.

Bristol Army Cadet Force is one of 21 murals featuring groups involved in everything from youth activities, to protecting the environment and support services for the elderly, as well as landmark independent businesses such as Mark’s Bread in Bedminster and the Bristol Cider Shop in Wapping Wharf.

The launch of m1 follows the successful introduction of routes m3 and m2 that were launched in May and September last year, serving Emersons Green and Lyde Green Park and Ride to the city centre and Long Ashton Park and Ride to the city centre respectively. Together these routes have already carried over 600,000 customers.

Travel was free all day on Sunday 6th January when the new fleet was unveiled. Subsequently, tickets will be available via the special iPoint machines that have already started appearing along the m1 route.   

James Freeman, Managing Director of m1 operator First Bus West of England said: “Our vehicles and drivers are a vital service supporting local communities. That’s why we wanted to reflect that on our buses and showcase just a few of the many organisations and groups along our route that contribute so much to making the community a more inclusive place to live and work. “

Lt Col Barry Angus (Deputy Commandant) said: “We are thrilled to be able to raise awareness of what we do with the hundreds of passengers that will use the m1 every day. We are a very proud member of our local community and this service will support our Adult Volunteers and Cadets in getting out and about more easily.”

The City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force Band supported the launch event with excellent feedback from the organisers.

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