What’s your view on MetroBus proposal?

May 05 2014

PEOPLE in the Downend area are being encouraged to make their views known about the proposed MetroBus scheme.

PEOPLE in the Downend area are being encouraged to make their views known about the proposed MetroBus scheme.

A planning application is due to be considered by South Gloucestershire and Bristol City councils later this year for the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP), which aims to a provide fast, frequent and reliable public transport link from north and east Bristol to the south via the city centre.

The scheme will involve widening the Downend section of A4174 Avon Ring Road to provide a new eastbound bus lane for vehicles coming from the M32 to the Bristol & Bath Science Park on their way to Emersons Green district centre. The Church Lane footbridge will be widened too.

The scheme also includes plans for a bus-only junction at the M32, which is causing concern in Stapleton because of the impact on Stoke Park and the loss of community allotments 

But Downend's Conservative councillors say NFHP will reduce traffic jams and is what the area has needed for years. 

Councillors Jon Hunt and Kathy Morris said: “The MetroBus scheme represents the sort of major transport investment in our area which we have been campaigning for over many years because we have got to do something about the tremendous traffic congestion locally by providing a high quality, reliable and affordable public transport alternative to the car.

Councillor Janet Biggin added: “This is the best chance we have had since the ring road was built for major transport investment locally and so we do encourage local people to send in their comments in support of this scheme because there are organised groups in other parts of the city that are trying to stop it in its tracks.”

Full details of the planning application (ref: PT14/1004/F) may be viewed on the SGC website.

The official last date for comments is May 2 but both councils are likely to consider all contributions made up the day of a decision. The dates and times of the planning committee meetings will be posted on the South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council websites.

The NFHP route runs from Cribbs Causeway via Patchway, Aztec West, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Parkway, Coldharbour Lane, UWE, Hambrook, Bromley Heath and Blackhorse to Emersons Green; into the city centre via the M32 then out via Temple Meads and through Bedminster to Hengrove.

Two other routes, Ashton Vale to Temple Meads and South Bristol Link, complete the £200 million scheme.