Detailed plans for the £200 million new public transit network connecting north and south Bristol have gone on show for the public.
The North Fringe rapid transit route will run from Cribbs Causeway to Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Bristol Parkway, Harry Stoke, the Bristol and Bath Science Park at Emersons Green East, the University of the West of England, along the M32 to Bristol city centre.
The service will then link with the South Bristol Link section of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) network – the plans of which went on public display on May 8.
Bristol City and South Gloucestershire councils are now preparing a planning application and accompanying Traffic Regulation Orders. The public consultation into the plans began yesterday and will run until July 13.
A project spokesman said: “The rapid transit will have clear information, fast boarding and smartcard ticketing linking with wider bus and rail services, creating a new way of travelling and be a catalyst for transforming public transport travel across the West of England area.”
Key infrastructure changes on the North Fringe to Hengrove route include:
- Stoke Gifford Transport Link – a new road from the Ring Road to Bradley Stoke
- Road widening along Bradley Stoke Way for rapid transit
- New bus-only junction onto the M32 between junctions 1 and 2
- Road layout alterations and improved bus interchange the city centre
- New pedestrian, cycling and rapid transit bridge over the Avon New Cut
- Widening of Hartcliffe Way for bus priority measures and provision of a rapid transit stop within Lombard Street pedestrianised area
Members of the public have been invited to give their comments on the scheme online at www.travelwest.info or at a series of 11 exhibitions at:
- Wed 23 May, 4.30 -7.30pm, Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay
- Thurs 24 May, 5 -8pm, Filwood Community Centre
- Mon 28 May, 1 – 4pm, Bristol Council House
- Tues 29 May, 3 – 7pm Bristol Parkway Station
- Wed 30 May, 5 – 8pm Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay
- Thurs 31 May, 3 – 7pm Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke
- Thurs 7 June, 1 – 4pm Filwood Community Centre
- Tues 12 June, 2.30 – 6.30pm Emersons Green Library
- Wed 13 June, 12 noon – 7pm Old School Rooms, The Green, Stoke Gifford
- Thurs 14 June, 1 – 4pm Bristol Council House
- Thurs 21 June, 5 – 8pm Bedminster Library
View the plans in details via the following links:
Zone 1 Cribbs Causeway to Bristol Parkway
Zone 2 Stoke Gifford Transport Link
Zone 3 Hambrook to Emersons Green
Zone 4 North Bristol
Zone 5 Central Bristol
Zone 6 South Bristol