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Fanfare as Bristol's first Metrobus route launches

AFTER years of disruption, delays and cost increases, the first Metrobus service into Bristol has opened.

The m3 route from Emersons Green via UWE stops at Stoke Park and Begbrook before using the new bus-only junction to join the M32 into the city.

Drivers have been warned that cameras monitoring the bus-only lanes on Stoke Lane are now operational and illegal use will mean a fine of up to £60.

Trips on the m3 are free until June 9 to allow people to try out the service, which is being run by First West of England. Some other bus services in the area have changed to coincide with the launch on May 29.

First's  managing director James Freeman was non committal when asked by the Voice about the possibility of connecting other services to Metrobus to allow people who don’t live near a stop to use it.

Metrobus is a rapid transport system and is costing £230m.

Full story: Page 7


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