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Wiltshire Council and First Bus work in partnership for new service linking Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Bath

Wiltshire Council and First Bus are launching a new bus service that will provide faster connections between Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon and Bath.

Published 28 February 2024

The new D1x service, which will begin from Sunday 7 April, will provide a more direct connection into and out of Bath, via the Bradford Road, Sally in the Woods and London Road, and it will make limited stops in Farleigh Wick.

It will be around 15 minutes quicker than the equivalent journey on the current D1 bus at peak times, and will run between existing D1 journeys, so people will benefit from both faster journeys and an increased frequency of buses between Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge. It will have more space for passengers too because it will not pass under the low railway bridge at Limpley Stoke and will be able to use double decker vehicles.

The new D1x will run hourly from around 5am until 7pm Monday to Saturday, with the first trip into Bath leaving Trowbridge at 5.55am and the last trip out of Bath at 6.35pm.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: We're delighted to work with First Bus on this new service, which will provide more capacity and faster journeys between Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Bath.

This new service, which we have supported through our Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) funding, meets our Business Plan commitment to have well-connected communities, and at just £2 per journey until the end of this year, the D1x is the perfect bus service for work commutes, shopping trips and leisure journeys.

George Burton, First West of England's Head of Network, said: Thanks to our work with Wiltshire Council, we're pleased to be offering the D1x as a quicker route between Trowbridge and Bath, shaving about 15 minutes off the journey time. 

Creating faster, express journeys like this, coupled with single ticket prices frozen and our Tap On, Tap Off technology making it quicker to travel and ensuring you pay the cheapest fares, shows we're doing all we can to encourage more people to make bus the travel of choice.

A full timetable and route map will be available soon.

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