News from Bristol Airport for Portishead passengers 2013
By Carol_Deacon | Monday, January 14, 2013, 15:14
Travellers will be able to catch a coach from three Welsh towns to Bristol Airport from March this year.
Iconic Greyhound buses will be running to Bristol Airport from March 2013
Greyhound coach services, which currently operate between Swansea and Cardiff, are to be extended from Monday, March 11 to provide a direct luxury coach service to and from Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Bristol Airport.
The move, which will see Greyhound operating in the West of England area for the first time since the brand was brought to the UK 2009, means that customers travelling both to and from south and west Wales will soon have a greater range of options open to them when considering their travel requirements.
All the Greyhound UK coaches have names with the theme being women's names from popular American songs.
The coaches are called: Sweet Caroline, Proud Mary, Mrs Robinson, Good Golly Miss Molly, Barbara Ann, Billie Jean, Jolene, Peggy Sue, Mandy, Sharona, Sherry, Long Tall Sally, Hello Dolly and Suzy Baby.
The new service to Bristol Airport will operate as a limited stop service calling at Cardiff bus station, Newport railway station, University of the West of England Frenchay campus, Bristol bus station and Bristol Airport.
Bristol Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said: "We are delighted First has taken this step to enhance connectivity for people and businesses in Wales.
"This is an exciting new addition to the public transport options available for passengers in an important part of our catchment area.
"The new Greyhound UK service will enable people in South and West Wales to access the extensive range of destinations available from Bristol Airport, including recently announced bmi regional flights to Hamburg and Frankfurt.
"The Greyhound service provides a convenient alternative to much longer journeys to Gatwick or Heathrow.
"Inbound visitors will also benefit, making it easier to reach venues such as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Swansea's Liberty Stadium for those attending sporting fixtures or concerts."
Tickets for the coach, which will be priced from £10, will be available to book in advance via the Greyhound UK website (www.greyhounduk.com) from Monday, January 28.
are called: Sweet Caroline, Proud Mary, Mrs Robinson, Good Golly Miss Molly, Barbara Ann, Billie Jean, Jolene, Peggy Sue, Mandy, Sharona, Sherry, Long Tall Sally, Hello Dolly and Suzy Baby.
Bristol Airport is the ninth largest airport in the UK and the fifth largest outside London and handles nearly six million passengers annually.
More than 100 destinations in 30 countries are served direct from Bristol.
Planning permission is in place for £150 million development of facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum by 2020.
A pool of 13 contractors have been appointed to carry out expansion work at Bristol Airport.
Work on three new aircraft parking stands has already been completed but work on a new on-site hotel is expected to start soon.
An airport spokesman said it had created the 'framework' of contractors to avoid potentially costly and time-consuming EU procurement rules, a move which he said was common for organisations like the airport.
One of the next projects will be the 'central walkway' to help alleviate some of the queuing at busy times in the departure lounge, and provide undercover access to the aircraft.
Developments will also include the extension of the terminal building to almost double its size, a new public transport interchange and two multi-storey car parks as well as on site renewable energy generation from wind turbines and a biomass facility which generates heat for the expanded facilities.