Campaigners highlight dangers of planned BRT
A TRANSPORT campaigner has claimed the chances of a crash – even a fatality – on the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) route between the Long Ashton park and ride site and the city centre are "high".
Pip Sheard, who has been campaigning against the £200 million BRT scheme, has spoken out after a recent crash on a guided bus route in Cambridgeshire.
The bus left the guided tracks and was left at a 45-degree angle to the road. The driver was treated for shock.
Bus operator Stagecoach said it was thought the driver misjudged the entrance to the busway, causing the vehicle to leave the tracks.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Ms Sheard told The Post: "The accident serves to highlight how a bus crash on the proposed concrete guideway directly adjacent to the Avon New Cut and at the entrance to Prince St Bridge concrete guideway could result in fatalities should the bus topple over.
"As every bus driver will have to enter and exit the guideway eight times during the course of a 2.7mile segregated section from Long Ashton Park and Ride to the Arnolfini, the chances of an eventual crash somewhere along the route are high."
She said the chances of an accident near the swingbridge was another reason why this section of the route – known as BRT2 – should be scrapped by the new mayor, George Ferguson.
She said damage to the guideway on the bridge would put all three BRT routes out of action. The other two routes include the northern fringe to Hengrove and the South Bristol Link.
Jai Breitnauer, another campaigner against BRT2, said the Cambridge Busway had been under fire for providing services which were slower than trains more than 100 years ago.
She said: "With the petition asking the council to reconsider now at 2,200 signatures, and Labour councillor Mark Bradshaw referring to BRT as a 'lame duck project' with 'zero public credibility' in a recent open letter to George Ferguson, the main reason for the council ploughing on with the project seems to be simply that the money is in the bank."
A spokeswoman for the West of England partnership which is promoting the BRT routes, said: "The safety of passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in the vicinity of the Rapid Transit has the highest priority in the development of the network.
"We are in contact with Cambridge Busway to see if there are lessons we can learn from this incident. Once the accident investigation by Cambridge is complete and we have the details we will review what, if any, changes would be appropriate to the design of the Bristol Network.
"The Cambridge Busway has carried 3.2 million passengers since its opening in August 2011 with this one incident, additional spaces are being built at the Park & Rides and more buses are being put into service."
The partnership represents the four councils in the former Avon area, including Bristol City Council, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.