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This UK city is getting its first night bus service

Good news, Bristolian night owls

Annie McNamee
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Annie McNamee

The worst part of a night out is always getting home. Unless you live within walking distance of your city’s nightlife, the decision often has to be made between driving and staying sober or paying as much as a taxi app decides it wants you to pay for the five-minute jaunt home. Today, however, Bristolians can breathe a sigh of relief as a brand-new night bus service will begin in their city from April 8.

Bus company Transpora is to thank for the new service, which will run once, at five past midnight, from Monday to Friday. On weekends it will make its loop every hour until 3am. The N2 will begin in the centre before making its way all the way out to Bedminster, and Hengrove, before heading back into town via Brislington and Temple Meads. It’s not exactly the regular night-time tubes or buses that Londoners are treated to, but it's a start.

This is a first for Bristol, where the only inter-city bus service which currently runs into the wee small hours is the University of Bristol run U1, which connects Clifton with the Stoke Bishop halls of residence. The night bus will hopefully be a safer, affordable way for more people to get home from nights out, or working late shifts in the centre. 

If you work or live in south Bristol it’s your lucky day! On top of the new nighttime service, Transpora will also resurrect the 90, a service which connected Bedminster and Hengrove to the city centre, which was culled by First a couple of years ago.

So enjoy your late nights without worry, Bristolians! Dance to terrible DnB knowing that you won’t have to pay a small fortune to get home. What a time to be alive.

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