Candidates use bus to get people on board
THE race to become Bristol's first elected mayor took to the road – on an iconic London bus.
Several of the mayoral candidates took part in the "bustings" event to discuss transport issues with passers-by on the bus which was parked on the Centre near the Bristol Hippodrome.
Mike Wheeler, one of the organisers, said: "We are hoping to show the people of Bristol what major improvements are needed in public transport and to put pressure on the candidates to deliver changes."
The "bustings" was organised by a new pressure group called Together for Transport which is urging the candidates to give their support on key transport issues.
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Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA union who chaired the debates on the bus, said: "It went very well. Whoever wins this election will not win a second term unless they do something to sort out Bristol's terrible transport mess."
The group has drawn up seven pledges which they say are needed to end the daily traffic jams in the city.
â Setting up an integrated transport authority to take control of public transport in the Bristol area.
â Introducing smart travel cards in the same way as Oyster Cards in London.
â Free travel for pensioners, the disabled and students.
â Electrification of all rail lines in the Bristol Metro area as part of the Government's plans to modernise the mainline between London and the West Country.
â A forum for transport operators and users to build relationships and share issues.
â A safe and accessible transport network which gives people the confidence to travel safely, allows disabled people to travel easily and promotes the use of public transport at all times of the day.
â A commitment to funding and investment because of the economic, social and cultural value it gives to people.
Bristol 1st candidate George Ferguson said: "I thought it was a brilliant idea to hold this event on a bus. It felt very cosy!"
Lib Dem candidate Jon Rogers said: "It was very nostalgic for me because I used to ride on London buses during my childhood."
And Labour's Marvin Rees said: "I like the idea of travelling around the city in a bus so we can hold 'flash' debates on key issues to find out people's views."
The pledges were drawn up after a meeting involving transport campaigners and representatives from various groups including pensioners, trade unions as well as train and ferry operators.