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First West of England’s pledge as it marks 80 years since the first female drivers

First West of England has pledged to nearly double the number of women in its business in the next five years as it marks a major milestone in its history.

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Latest figures reveal why new suicide prevention partnership is so important

  • Bus operator First West of England and Bristol-based charity, Suicide Prevention UK, are joining forces for what is believed to be the first partnership of its kind - at this scale - in the UK.
  • People at risk of suicide increasingly using buses to reach the destination where they plan to take their lives.
  • At least three in 50 people use public transport to get to their suicide location.
  • First West of England will offer training to drivers to spot the signs of suicide, raise the profile of suicide high risk areas on bus routes, offer free travel to the charity’s volunteers and launch an on-board marketing campaign expected to be seen by about 1.5million passengers each week.
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Helping Bristol’s budding Olympian go from wheels to water

A budding Olympian in Bristol is going from wheels to water thanks to a partnership with First West of England.

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Christmas and New Year services

First West of England, First Cymru and First Worcester has confirmed its bus timetables over the Christmas and New Year period.

Remembrance buses

Free bus travel to mark remembrance weekend

Veterans and UK Armed Forces personnel using First Bus services in the West of England, Wales and Worcester are being offered free travel during remembrance weekend.

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Buses and drivers attacked during Halloween vandalism

First Bus Wales and West has been forced to cancel a number of services today after Halloween vandalism which saw drivers and moving buses attacked.

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Care Leavers Week – Free bus travel for care leavers initiative launched by regional Mayor

Young people leaving care will be able to travel for free on the West of England’s buses

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Park and travel to Weston Pride for less than £2 per person…and avoid the rail strikes!

UK Pride in Weston-super-Mare kicks off this weekend, and First Bus is offering advice to passengers to avoid planned rails strikes.

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Bristol’s day marking the 60th anniversary of the city’s iconic bus boycott

A milestone moment in race relations history was honoured today (30th August) in Bristol, as one of the city’s iconic historical events was commemorated.

Bristol Boycott bus design

Bus design winner marks Bristol Bus Boycott anniversary

A specially designed bus to mark the 60th anniversary of the Bristol Bus Boycott has been unveiled today as the city marked the iconic moment in race relations history.

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Two new cross-city bus routes planned for Bristol

Bristol is to get two new cross-city bus services as part of a package of changes from First West of England.

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Free bus travel on West of England’s “most picturesque route”

One of the West of England’s most picturesque bus routes is opening its doors for free next week.