The Grand Pier and the Crosville Motor Company have joined forces to bring back some of Weston-super-Mare’s favourite bus routes, using restored original vehicles which are staffed by traditional uniformed bus conductors.
The number 100 service, which has not run since the 1990’s, will be re-launched this week. The open-top Coast Rider will run from Monday to Saturday during the school holidays. The bus will run from Sand Bay via Kewstoke to the Grand Pier and onto Weston-super-Mare railway station, via the Royal Sands. It will even keep to the old time table of five past and twenty five minutes to the hour.
The number 145 service, which has been christened The Grand Pier Coastal Explorer, will run during the school holidays from Burnham-on-Sea via Brean Leisure Park, Lympsham and Uphill to the Grand Pier.
The final service, the Weston-super-Mare Seafront Tour will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays only, from 8th April 2012. This bus will take a circular route, starting and finishing at the Grand Pier. It will call at the Winter Gardens, Knightstone Harbour, Royal Sands, Uphill and Weston-super-Mare railway station en-route. This bus will fill a gap, as no currently service operates on a Bank Holiday.
Bus passengers who present their ticket in one of the Grand Pier shops or at the Change Booths will be given a 25% discount on ride vouchers.
Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said:
“I am delighted to be working with the Crosville Motor Company to bring these old bus routes back into operation and to bring passengers to the seaside. It seems fitting that we are using restored Crosville vehicles, which were once used to transport workers from Liverpool to the seaside resorts of North Wales”.
For further information on the bus timetables and fares please download the pdf here