Government gives full approval to South Bristol Link
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.”
Fast and frequent
MetroBus is a £200 million investment in a new express bus service in the West of England providing high capacity, reliable public transport with fast and frequent journeys.
MetroBus will be quicker and more reliable than existing bus services running on a combination of segregated busway and bus lanes, separate from general traffic where possible, providing direct routes to key destinations and improving local links for cyclists and pedestrians.
Alun Griffiths Construction Ltd have been appointed to build the Link and are holding a pre-construction exhibition at the Gatehouse Centre in South Bristol on Wednesday 11 February from 9am to 5pm for everyone and from 5pm to 7pm for businesses.
Contact Emma Davies at Alun Griffiths Ltd on 0845 862 2327 for more information about the exhibition. You can also contact Griffiths online here.
Colin Skellett, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership greeted the 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.”