Double decker bus bursts into flames outside Bristol Temple Meads Station

A double-decker bus burst into flames outside Bristol Temple Meads station this morning (17 January).

Fire crews attended to the scene outside the station just after 10am after reports of a bus on fire. No casualties were reported.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement: "On arrival, firefighters found the gas-powered bus alight and used two 45mm jets to tackle the blaze.

"The fire is now extinguished and crews remain at the scene to ensure its safety."

In a statement a spokesperson for First West of England said: “ Following a fire on one of our 73 buses at Temple Meads Station earlier this morning, we can confirm the bus was not carrying any passengers and the driver was unharmed.

"Emergency services attended the scene and the fire service put out the fire.

"We are conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the fire and cannot comment any further at this stage.”

Travel was affected across the region, with people looking to use the shuttle service between Bristol Airport and Bristol Temple Meads being asked to plan an alternative route.

Whilst traffic going in and out of the city remained congested into the afternoon.

Traffic monitoring site Inrix reported heavy congestion from the Bath Bridge Roundabout to Temple Meads Train Station.

At 10.20am the site said: "A4 Bath Road in both directions closed, heavy traffic due to bus fire from Bath Bridge Roundabout to Temple Meads train station."

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