Latest news: April 2014
North Fringe planning application submitted
Bristol City and South Gloucestershire councils have submitted a planning application for the North Fringe to Hengrove Package. There are two identical planning applications because this section of the MetroBus route crosses council boundaries.
You can view documents and plans at the Thornbury One Stop Shop at Thornbury Library, Bristol Central Library at College Green, Fishponds Library and Filwood Library.
Planning application approved for AVTM Revised Section of Route
The Central Area Development Control committee of Bristol City Council has approved the planning application for the Revised Section of Route for the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM) MetroBus scheme.
The approved planning application was for works required to revise the route of the Original AVTM scheme so that it can use Cumberland Road, Commercial Road and Redcliff Hill instead of Prince Street Bridge and the Harbourside. The Original AVTM scheme was approved by the Secretary of State via a Transport and Works Act Order granted in November 2013.
The approval completes the planning stage of the AVTM MetroBus scheme and follows the approval of the South Bristol Link by Bristol City Council and North Somerset in November 2013.
"This marks another major step forward for the West of England MetroBus plans," said Brian Allinson, Chair of the Joint Transport Executive. "The Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route will provide significant benefits to Bristol and our regional transport infrastructure. As part of the MetroBus network it will reduce congestion and encourage sustainable transport use."
Support and contribute to economic growth
The route will support and contribute to economic growth. It is directly aligned to support the further development of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and South Bristol, two key growth areas.
Improving journey times
The MetroBus service will improve journey times for bus passengers travelling between North Somerset and Bristol city centre and the Airport Flyer service. It will also provide fast and reliable services for residents on the route who currently lack access to public transport.
“We will now get on with the details. We’ll be working closely with local residents to make sure they’re informed and involved as the scheme is built,” added Brian Allinson.
Construction is now expected to start this summer with the scheme operational by summer 2016.
What is MetroBus?
The MetroBus (rapid transit) network is three interlinked bus routes:
MetroBus will be an express service, separate from general traffic in places, with faster and more reliable journey times.
MetroBus is one part of a comprehensive integrated transport strategy for the West of England that aims to reduce car dependency and congestion with:
- passenger transport improvements (including MetroBus and new bus links),
- measures to improve cycling and walking,
- traffic and parking management, and
- improvements to rail via MetroWest.
MetroBus has been designed to link and connect with existing rail and bus services. It builds on the £80 million investment in the Greater Bristol Bus Network and is part of an integrated approach to travel investment in the area.
Green, accessible and supporting sustainable growth
MetroBus is part of the West of England’s overall plan to:
- reduce carbon emissions,
- support sustainable economic growth,
- promote accessibility,
- contribute to better safety, security and health,
- improve quality of life and create a healthy natural environment.