Editor's comment: Mayor is right in row over bus route
IF WE have to settle for the so-called Bus Rapid Transit system it must be prevented from using Prince Street bridge. On that mayor George Ferguson is absolutely right and he must not give ground. This whole scheme is flawed but the plan to send it past the M shed and across Prince Street was utterly unacceptable.
But while Mr Ferguson's stand has won virtually universal approval in Bristol the leader of North Somerset council Nigel Ashton claims the change will delay the scheme.
However what he and his colleague Elfan Ap Rees fail to appreciate is that we have only one chance to get this route right. Accepting it for fear of losing government backing would be completely the wrong thing to do.
Mr Ferguson may not, as many would have liked, have scrapped the scheme entirely. But he did remove the most controversial aspect of it.
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Mr Ashton and Mr Ap Rees are making trouble where none needs to exist and frankly it does them no credit.
We lost government funding for a supertram network because Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council could not agree about a northern terminus.
There are already unsettling echoes of that dispute in this row.
It needs to end right now and all concerned need to see the bigger picture.