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Why we're facing a longer wait for the MetroBus

 THE MetroBus link from Emersons Green to the city centre, which was due to start this autumn, will not now be in operation until next summer.

The rapid transport service, part of a £216 million network aimed at reducing journey times, will not start until repair work on the Bromley Heath viaduct is complete.

This £5.9 million project is due to start in July and will take up to a year, unless last-minute funding is delivered to speed up the work.

Lengthy delays have been predicted, which would affect the MetroBus as well as cars, because traffic will be restricted to two lanes rather than four.

A spokesman for MetroBus told Downend Voice this had led to a delay in introduction of the service eastbound from the M32.

 "There is no point in running a rapid transit system if it is going to be significantly delayed in traffic," he said. 

"Therefore the decision has been taken to postpone the launch of all MetroBus services using the ring road until the Bromley Heath Viaduct work has been completed."

The MetroBus westbound towards Cribbs Causeway is still set to start in the autumn.

Creation of lanes and lay-bys for the MetroBus have already caused many hold-ups for drivers on the A4174 and worse delays are inevitable during the viaduct works. 

A park and ride at Lyde Green will open early to help ease the congestion.

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