South Bristol Link
Weekly drop-in "surgery starts on April 7
Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, the main contractor for South Bristol Link, will be holding a pre-construction drop-in surgery every week, starting on Tuesday April 7. The first two sessions (Tuesday 7 and Tuesday 14 April) will be held at the Gatehouse Centre cafe from 11.30am - 1.30pm. You can just show up if you have questions you would like to ask about construction. Keep an eye out for posters or on this site to see where the next sessions will be held.
Ashton Vale event
Many thanks to all the people that attended the event in Ashton Vale Community Centre on Thursday 25 March. We will be looking at all your comments, passing them to the right people and then chasing for answers.
Contact the contractor
You can get in touch with MetroBus contractor Alun Griffiths, the main contractor for the South Bristol Link by:
Phone: 0845 862 2327
You can link to the SBL community website here
Government grants full approval
The South Bristol Link section of the West of England MetroBus Network has been granted Full Approval by the Department for Transport.
The news came on Tuesday 20 January and releases the funding to start construction. The Joint Transport Board of the West of England issued this statement:
"We are pleased to have gained Full Approval – the final tick in the box that allows us to start work on the ground. If all goes according to plan, the South Bristol Link will be open by the winter of 2016 providing a new express bus service from Long Ashton to Hengrove.
"The South Bristol Link supports much needed jobs in South Bristol and helps tackle congestion and poor air quality by linking with the other two MetroBus routes to give a more comfortable, reliable and faster public transport choice to the city centre and the north of Bristol.”
Colin Skellett, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership greeted the Full Approval news, saying “This is excellent news, we can now start the construction of the much needed link that will open up south Bristol to new business opportunities, continuing the regeneration of the area and improving access to the fast growing Bristol Airport. The MetroBus itself will provide rapid and reliable links to key employment, education and leisure destinations.”
James Durie, Executive Director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West commented, “It’s fantastic to hear the final go ahead for the South Bristol Link, part of our £200m MetroBus investment. Business have lobbied for very many years for this vital piece of infrastructure and will be delighted to hear this news."
"Not only will it help create far better connections to employment and opportunities for people living in South Bristol but also help stimulate new investment and regeneration into the south of the city and for Bristol Airport. It builds on other major South Bristol projects underway such as the Green Business Park and redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium."
James Durie added, "On the eve of Bristol's formal opening event as European Green Capital 2015 the timing couldn’t be better to show that we are a progressive city determined to invest in the future by getting on and building this important new 4.5km rapid transit bus route and roadway including new cycle and pedestrian paths.”
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