Bristol congestion charge limited to morning rush hour
Congestion charging in Bristol's city centre would only be introduced during weekday morning rush hours, according to the West of England Partnership.
A congestion charging zone would target the central area of the city, meaning motorists could still travel from south Bristol to the M32 without passing through the road pricing area, the WEP said.
A spokeswoman for the group, which includes the four authorities in the Greater Bristol area, said work was ongoing to put a proposal for congestion charging together.
It could form part of a bid to the Government for Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) money and could be submitted this year, she said.
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The WEP is considering bringing in congestion charging as part of an £840 million package of TIF-funded measures to get the city centre moving.
Full details of any congestion charging scheme are yet to be decided.
The centre of Bath would also be set for congestion charging, as part of the same TIF bid.
Last December a referendum in Greater Manchester gave a resounding 'No' vote to a congestion charge.
Manchester was the first urban area in the country to bid for the Department for Transport's TIF money and Bristol could be next.
Congestion charging is unlikely to be introduced for several years and it is not yet clear whether residents in Bristol would be allowed to have a vote on the scheme.
Julia Dean, spokeswoman for WEP, told thisisbristol: "We do not have a TIF bid at the moment but we are talking to the DfT about the bid, knowing that we would have to introduce a congestion charge.
"It would only be part of a wider package of 'added measures' which would include rapid transit routes, extra buses, better ticketing, walkways and more cycling routes, park and rides and better road junctions.
"Those all cost money and we are in discussions with the DfT about how much they would cost and therefore what size we would need to make the congestion charging area.
"What we do know already is that it would only need to be in the very centre of Bristol, during morning weekday peak hours only.
"It would mean that you could still go between the south of Bristol and the M32 without going through the congestion charge area.
"Of course any bid would have to go through the four councils' democratic processes and systems.
"We could put in a bid by the end of the year."
Campaigners have called for a referendum on congestion charging at the same time as the next local elections in June.
But councillors and WEP officers believe it is still too early to put the scheme to the public vote.
Mark Bradshaw, Bristol City Council's executive member for transport, recently said that the charge would only be brought in once other transport options were available.
He said: "TIF offers councils a unique opportunity to transform local public transport systems to a very high standard, including local rail provision, and improve the options for our residents and businesses.
"Improvements need to be made before demand management could be introduced.
"Bristol and the other West of England authorities have not yet decided on whether to bid to the Transport Innovation Fund.
"But we are not simply going to reject the possibility given the demand for better, more integrated public transport and the need for a huge injection of funding to pay for this.
"Though the West of England Partnership is exploring various models for congestion charging, which could be part of this bid if it occurs, it is a long way from any firm proposals."