Sunday 24th Dec Christmas Eve
Normal Sunday timetable will operate from the start of service,
however... The last departures will be from around 6pm, with no services operating after approximately 7.30pm ...
Ever heard of the 24 hour clock?
It is used in all other publicity!
... (except Airport Flyer Services A1 and A3 which operate a normal service). Click here for a list of last departures.
Nope. Its a backward step and a festive raspberry!
Tuesday 26th Dec Boxing Day
Special timetables will operate on a number of services in and around Bristol, click here for more details. Sunday timetables will operate on Airport Flyer Services A1 and A3. There will be no services operating elsewhere on the West of England network.
And the list of these services? There isn't one as far as fbb can tell. You must scroll through the PDF pages in the leaflet ...
Sunday 31st Dec New Year's Eve
Normal Sunday timetable will operate.
So in Bristol, NO early shut down on 31st. Even better, many night buses will run; here are some of the last "night" (i.e. early on 1st January) journeys on offer.
Thus it is that you can have a party at the pub on New Year's Eve, but you have to stay in on Christmas Eve.
But why withdraw the evening service on 24th after only one year?
The word on the Bristol streets is that they didn't carry enough passengers. Possibly true, but as 2016 was the first year for many an aeon that such a service was on offer, the take-up would surely need time to grow. But once established, surely a Christmas Eve evening service should attract more punters?
Bus industry short-termism strikes again?
And, is the "booklet" available in printed form? Our Bristol correspondent will doubtless let us know.
Just for the record, whilst Sheffield has selected services running until about 1800 on Boxing Day and fewer such on new Year's Day, everything finishes between 1700 and 1830 on the two "eves". There are no Boxing Day and New Year's Day services anywhere else in the whole of South Yorkshire with some notable exceptions in Barnsley (of which more later).
Bristol has gone backwards in many ways, but it is still far, far better than Sheffield, and ever farther better than Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
Why the difference?
Over the border in West Yorkshire ...
... you can download a summary leaflet (so presumably not available in print!) which offers all the usual reductions.
But there are no details - for these you are obliged to search and download. No paper copies?
But this time we have an index ...
... to go with the timetables.
But despite the plenty of buses on Boxing Day, there is a paucity on New Year's Day.
And the voluntary services?
O.K., a reasonable service on Boxing Day and (almost) nothing on New Year's Day with (fbb assumes until informed otherwise) no printed material at all.