Campaigners fighting the proposed Bus Rapid Transit plans for Bristol have published a dossier of evidence that they claim shows the £200million project is “a massive mistake”.
A consultation for the South Bristol Link draws to a close a week on Friday, while plans for the North Bristol section – the North Fringe to Hengrove Package – continues until July 13.
A project spokesman has said the network would 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”.
But the Stop BRT2 group says the public is not aware of what the transport plans would entail, and would reject it out of hand if they knew the facts.
“It is clear the Bristol public generally know nothing about BRT2 and as soon as they do, think it’s a crazy and a pointless waste of money,” said Pip Sheard, spokesperson for the group.
“Local councillors and particularly [council transport chief] Councillor Tim Kent have now had hundreds of emails opposing it. The public has a clearly stated and longstanding desire for transport money to be invested in trams and our undeveloped and neglected local rail network. And local people would like a real say – rather than simply being told they have to have BRT.
“It is now time for councillors to abandon BRT2 and to consider asking the Government for permission to spend the Government funding allocated to BRT on rail based rapid transit for the city instead.”
Members of the public have been invited to give their comments on the scheme online at www.travelwest.info. An exhibition of the plans will go on show at Bedminster Library on Thursday between 5pm and 8pm.