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Getting to the Gate: Stade Français

Bristol Bears take on Stade Francais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday (3pm KO) at Ashton Gate.

Improved matchday bus services have been launched for the upcoming season offering free parking and return travel from £1.80 per person.

THE HEADLINES

  • AG1, AG2 and AG3 will operate a slightly altered service for this fixture
  • M5, J18 southbound exit slip-road is closed. Diversion to J19, return northbound and exit J18 (northbound exit is unaffected) for Portway Park & Ride
  • Additional train services to and from Parson Street. See details below
  • Fans can find their best route using public transport by using the TravelWest journey planner travelwest.info/matchday

DEDICATED SUPPORTER BUS SERVICES

AG1 - Portway Park & Ride

  • Departs: Portway Park & Ride at 12.40pm, 1.25pm and 2.10pm
  • Collects: along the Portway at Station Road, Woodwell Road, Park Road, Riverleaze, Roman Way
  • Journey time: 20 minutes
  • Post-match departure: from The Robins at 5pm, 5.45pm and 6.40pm
  • Parking: free

AG2 - Brislington Park & Ride

  • Departs: Brislington Park & Ride at 12.40pm, 1.25pm and 2.10pm
  • Direct service
  • Journey time: 20 minutes
  • Post-match departure: from Winterstoke Road entrance at 5pm, 5.45pm and 6.40pm
  • Parking: free

AG3 – Horfield Common

  • Departs: Horfield Common at 1.05pm and 2.05pm
  • Collects: along Gloucester Road, Cheltenham Road and the centre at Churchways Avenue, Ashley Down Rd, Nevil Rd, Hatherley Rd, Sommerville Rd, Zetland Rd Junction, Colston Girls School, Nine Tree Hill, Stokes Croft, The Haymarket
  • Journey time: 25 minutes
  • Post-match departure: from Winterstoke Road entrance 5pm and 5.50pm

TICKETS AND FARES INFORMATION

All services are operated by First Bus. A new Ashton Gate Matchday mTicket is available via the First Bus app.

£2.50 Single - on bus only

£4.50 Return mTicket / £5 on bus

£2.50 child return on bus only

£9 Group Return mTicket / £10 on bus

Notes:

  • Concessionary pass holders can use their passes to travel free
  • Only Ashton Gate mTickets and tickets purchased on matchday buses are valid on matchday services
  • Ashton Gate Matchday mTickets are valid for use on all First and MetroBus services within the Bristol Zone
  • The Ashton Gate Matchday mTicket is available using the First Bus app. Select mTickets tab at the bottom of the app then click the ‘Day’ ticket category. The Ashton Gate mTicket options are at the bottom of the list
  • Group Tickets allow up to five people to travel together – all passengers must travel and board together on both journeys

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

Free parking is available at Portway Park & Ride (use AG1 matchday bus service) and Brislington Park & Ride (use AG2 matchday bus service).

Parking near the stadium is very limited and Resident Parking Schemes are in operation locally. Ashton Road and Marsh Road are closed post-match in the interest of crowd safety.

Anyone driving to the area should allow for heavy traffic. Unofficial off-street match day parking is available at the locations below (please note: unofficial car parks are operated separately from Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol City FC):

  • Ashton Event Parking www.ashtoneventparking.co.uk , Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walk
  • DJ Matchday Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Ashton Vale Road, BS3 2HA. £8 per car, 7 minute walk
  • Other public car parks can be found by clicking here

TRAIN

  • 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
  • gwr.com has detailed information and includes a journey planner to help you plan your route
  • Pre-match two additional trains from Taunton will call at Parson Street. The 12:07 and 13:07 departures to Cardiff Central will call at all their usual stations, including Weston-super-Mare (at 12:38 and 13:38, respectively), before stopping at Parson Street and then continuing their normal journeys to the Welsh capital
  • Post-match an additional 17:58 service will leave Parson Street towards Taunton and an additional 18:10 service will depart towards Temple Meads, Filton Abbeywood, Patchway, Severn Tunnel Junction, Newport and Cardiff

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

  • There are 96 cycle parking spaces outside the South Stand along with a free bike pump
  • YoBike parking spaces available at the Ashton Road end of the Stadium
  • 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.