X7 - TrawsHafren 10/06/2020

We are delighted to announce that NAT Group, in partnership with TrawsCymru and Monmouthshire Council, have unveiled plans to continue the ‘Severn Express’ bus route, which is an existing bus route that operates between Chepstow and Bristol via Cribbs Causeway and Clifton.

The route, which was originally operated by First Group and then Stagecoach, was unfortunately terminated. However, after many voiced their concerns to the local authorities, NAT Group, TrawsCymru and Monmouthshire Council, have been able to find a way to take over the operation and keep the service in place for the many workers and students who use the service to commute.

NAT Group will begin operation of the Severn Express on Monday June 15th 2020, taking over where Stagecoach left off and ensuring there are no gaps in service. The route will operate via Cribbs Causeway and will enter Bristol via Clifton, which is believed to be the best possible route to avoid adverse congestion, and therefore reducing travel time.

The route will initially operate on a six-month pilot scheme, allowing us to observe and see if there are any improvements needed, such as a revised timetable that will better suit the needs of commuters and students.

Amongst the changes for the new service will be a new dedicated app, which will enable pre-booking, live vehicle tracking and advance cashless payment. It is believed that this new, easier boarding process, along with the timetable improvements, will help to generate additional patronage and a more desirable service. The route will also benefit from regular drivers who will be specially selected for the route.

Commenting on the new bus route, NAT Group Managing Director Adam Keen, said: “NAT Group are delighted to be able to provide a continuation of the established Severn Express bus route, providing connections and travel options for cross-border passengers. This is a great example of operator, local authority and Welsh Government working together for the good of the travelling public. I am sure that with the new technology, the dedicated drivers and the revised timetable, this route now has the very best possible chance of success”.

Please visit our ‘Bus Services’ page for the new X7 TrawsHafren timetable.