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Getting to the Gate: Reading (18/19)

City welcome Reading to Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday, April 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Some important updated travel information is below and all fans are encouraged to check their best route.

THE HEADLINES

  • Supporter buses are operating as usual (Brislington park & ride is open)
  • Free minor bike repairs for fans cycling to the game
  • Rail engineering works taking place locally
  • Fans can find their best route using public transport by using the TravelWest journey planner travelwest.info/matchday
  • Numerous off-street car parks are open locally 
  • Ashton Road and Marsh Road will be closed after the game in the interest of crowd safety

DEDICATED SUPPORTER BUS SERVICES

AG1 - Portway Park & Ride

  • First departure: 9.45am
  • Last departure: 11.30am
  • Frequency: every 15 minutes
  • Journey time: 20 minutes
  • Collects: along the Portway at Station Road, Woodwell Road, Park Road, Riverleaze, Roman Way
  • Drop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate
  • Post-match departure: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road. Last return 3.40pm
  • Parking: free

AG2 - Brislington Park & Ride

  • First departure: 9.45am
  • Last departure: 11.25am
  • Frequency: every 20 minutes
  • Journey time: 20 minutes
  • Direct service
  • Drop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate
  • Post-match departure: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate. Last return 3.40pm
  • Parking: free

AG4 - South Bristol

  • Departs from Whitchurch, Wharnecliffe Gardens: 10.30am
  • Frequency: one bus only
  • Journey time: 30 minutes
  • Collects: Priddy Drive, Heathfield Crescent, South Bristol Hospital, Skills Academy, Bridge Campus, Lampton Avenue, Hollisters Drive, Bishport Avenue Lay-By, Crosscombe Drive, Fair Furlong, Newland Drive, Queen’s Road, Sherrin Way, Turtlegate Avenue, Shuter Road, Highridge Common, Highridge Green, Church Road, St Peter’s Church, Vicarage Road, Bishopsworth Library, Cheddar Grove, Lulsgate Road, Bedminster Down
  • Drop-Off: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road
  • Post-match departure: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate, 2.10pm

AG6 - North Bristol

  • Departs from Henbury, Tormarton Crescent: 10.25am
  • Frequency: one bus only
  • Journey time: 35 minutes
  • Collects: Tormarton Crescent, Marissal Road, Avonmouth Way, The Salutation, Crow Lane Lay-by, Brentry Roundabout, Brentry Lane, The Ridgeway, Falcondale Walk, Henbury Road, Lampeter Road, Downs Cote Avenue, Brecon Road, Henleaze Gardens, Westbury Road, Durdham Park, Black Boy Hill, Apsley Road, Clifton Down Station, Belgrave Road, Sunderland Place, Students Union, Victoria Square, Clifton Village, Christ Church, Percival Road, Bridge Valley Road.
  • Drop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate
  • Post-match departure: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road, 2.10pm

TICKETS AND FARES INFORMATION

  • AG1, AG2, AG3, AG4, AG5 and AG6 are operated by First Bus
  • Single tickets - cost £2 via the First Bus app (download here [insert link]) or £2.50 if purchased on board
  • Return journeys – purchase a First Day Ticket for £4 via the First Bus app (download here) or £5 if purchased on board. Day tickets allow unlimited travel within the Bristol area and are valid on all First Bus services including the match day buses, MetroBus but excluding Airport Flyer
  • Concessionary pass holders can use their passes to travel free of charge
  • Up to two children (under 16) can travel free of charge with a fare paying adult
  • Young People (16-21), Student, Child and Group tickets are also available at discounted rates

Service A - Brislington and Bristol Temple Meads

  • Departs: Brislington, Eagle Road and Bristol Temple Meads: 11am
  • Frequency: two buses
  • Journey time: 15 minutes from Temple Meads / 30 minutes from Eagle Road
  • Collects: Bath Road PDSA (Bristol Factory), Black Castle (Arnos Manor), Arnos Vale Cemetery, Central Trading Estate, Totterdown Bridge, Temple Meads Stop TJ, Old Market Stop OK, Haymarket Stop RE, city centre stop CI
  • Drop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate
  • Post-match departure: Trust Ford, Winterstoke Road

Service A is operated by Abus. Single £2 / Return £3 (season card holders return = £2). English concessionary card holders travel free.

PUBLIC BUS SERVICES

Local bus services connect the stadium with much of Bristol and Somerset

Plan your journey using the route planning tool here. 

Services include:

Service 24

  • Serves Bedminster, City Centre, Old Market, Easton, Eastville, Lockleaze and Southmead Hospital
  • Nearest stop: Ashton Road

Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9

  • Serves Hotwells and City Centre
  • Nearest stop: Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)

Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9

  • Serves various locations, including, Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Clevedon and Nailsea
  • Nearest stop: Winterstoke Road (Ashton Bridge)

Visit the FirstBus website and search by service number for more specific timing information – www.firstgroup.com/bristol

PARKING

Off-street match day parking is available at:

  • Bedminster Cricket Club, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walk
  • All Star Action Days, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walk
  • DJ Matchday Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Ashton Vale Road, BS3 2HA. £7 per car, 7 minute walk
  • Public car parks can be found by clicking here

TRAIN

  • There are no trains between Newport and Bristol however replacement buses will operate from Newport to Bristol Parkway, from where fans can continue their journey. For full information visit https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/electrification
  • Parson Street station is approximately a 15-minute walk and serves much of Somerset, South Wales and Bristol (Temple Meads is a 5-minute journey by train from here)
  • Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest mainline station, a 40-minute walk and connected to Ashton Gate by the ABus service (details above)
  • gwr.com has detailed information and includes a journey planner to help you plan your route

WALK

  • Fans are likely to find walking is the quickest and easiest way to/from the stadium
  • Most of south, west and central Bristol are within an hour’s walk
  • East Street, St John’s Lane, Clifton Village and the city centre are all accessible in under 30 minutes
  • Use the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your route

CYCLE

  • Free minor cycle repairs can be carried out at the South Stand cycle racks ahead of the match
  • New YoBike parking spaces available at the Ashton Road end of the Stadium
  • There are 96 cycle parking spaces outside the South Stand along with a free bike pump
  • The stadium is served by numerous cycle paths – always consider your safety especially when cycling in the dark
  • Click here for a local area cycle route map
  • Click here to plan your route including cycle rack locations, elevation and route type. Use the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your route

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