Transport remains a big issue in Bristol

Waiting for the busMetrobus is delayed, over-budget and has serious design flaws. For instance, buses will not go into Parkway Station as bus and bridge sizes are incompatible. As Bristol’s major transport investment, it is a serious let-down. And it is sucking resources away from other parts of the city, including Westbury and Henleaze.

How much longer must we wait for proposals to deal with the increased traffic on the A4018 corridor that will be a consequence of the 5700 planned homes in the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN)?

If commuters are not offered good alternatives to the car, then they drive in as far as they can and park all day in residential roads. This causes difficulties in Westbury Village and along the no 1 bus route and clogs the narrow roads of Westbury Park.

A key factor in urban transport should be reliable bus services going where people need to go and with accurate information on timings. We welcome the trial of a ‘MyFirstMile’ which will provide a ‘taxi type’ service to link our area to the Gloucester Road.

The current vacuum in strategic transport planning is frustrating – we are tired of being told that little can be done until the big picture is revealed.

Much of this is in the remit of the Tory regional mayor but we’ve heard next to nothing from him! Nevertheless, we will continue to work at ward level tackling the day to day problems.

Graham wants to hear of problems with buses, so he is well briefed for his meeting with First Bus in mid-May.
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