Lib Dem leader urges George Ferguson to back plan to kickstart Bristol Metro
BRISTOL’S new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Kent, is urging Mayor George Ferguson to back a £7 million plan to kickstart the Greater Bristol Metro.
The multi-million-pound project will see stations reopened and half-hourly services across the city.
But Mr Kent warns that the Joint Transport Executive Committee (JTEC) - made up of local councils, including Mayor Ferguson for Bristol - must first agree a £7m scheme to prepare a business case.
“This will unlock crucial government funding of up to £100 million,” he says.
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“If we want to keep the Metro plan on track, we have to agree the spend on the technical business case.
“On behalf of the Liberal Democrat group on Bristol City Council, I urge the Mayor to continue the work that the previous administration led on.
“I urge the Mayor to back the report on this and commit the council to the work proposed.
“Nearly £7 million of spending from the four local councils will be needed for the business case.
“But this could unlock up to £100 million of infrastructure improvements and deliver a new line to Portishead, Henbury and up to 10 new stations.
“This is the Mayor's first real test and we hope he will do as pledged and put Bristol 1st.”