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Bristol Beacon announces new partnership with First Bus to encourage sustainable travel

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Did you know that audience travel currently makes up 62% of our carbon footprint?

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with First Bus today that will reward concert-goers for travelling sustainably by offering discounted bus travel. People buying tickets for concerts and other events after we reopen in November will be able to save up to 10% on bus travel. Details of how to purchase discounted bus tickets will be announced in the coming months.

In addition, First Bus will supply free bus travel for around 1,300 primary school children at the 13 schools across the city that participate in our unique ‘Earthsong’ music education programme.

We’ll also be working with First Bus to promote low carbon travel to the city, whether by bus, train, electric vehicle, bike or on foot.

“A key part of the transformation of Bristol Beacon is to use it as an opportunity to become a more sustainable organisation.

We know there are many reasons that our visitors aren’t always able to travel here sustainably, including cost, so it’s fantastic to be able to take these steps that will remove some of the barriers and make it easier for people to travel by bus.”

Rosa Corbishley, Development Director & Sustainability Lead, Bristol Beacon

“We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Bristol Beacon, which we hope will encourage people to travel more sustainably with First Bus as they visit this fabulous venue.

We have about 40 services which stop within a short walking distance from Bristol Beacon and run late into the evening, making them an ideal way for people to get home after a show.”

Rob Pymm, Commercial Director, First Bus


Sustainable Travel Pilot Events

This new partnership marks an important next step in our wider sustainability plans, as we continue to work towards our net zero by 2030 target.

Over the coming months, we’ll be benchmarking and piloting sustainable travel incentives on the following events as part of our city-wide artistic programme:

  • The Walled Garden Concerts at Belmont Estate
  • Erland Cooper at Redgrave Theatre
  • The Housewarming, our reopening party
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert
  • Penguin Café

The data and feedback from these events will enable our Green Champions, supported by two climate change researchers – Briony Latter and Adam Corner, funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation – to understand audience travel and set a target for future events.

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