Rapid Transport plans made public
DETAILED plans for the new multi-million-pound rapid transit system which will connect the north and south of Bristol have been made public for the first time.
The route will include a new bridge over the River Avon New Cut at Southville, a new junction on the M32, two new park and ride schemes in South Gloucestershire and a new interchange at Stoke Gifford.
The scheme will also see a new bus lane built on a section of the M32 and new speed restrictions which will see the speed limit reduced to 30 miles per hour on an extended section of the motorway.
A planning application is being put together for the £102 million route, which aims to finally connect the north and south of the city and people are being given the chance to a have a say on the proposals at a series of exhibitions and online.
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The planned northern fringe to Hengrove route is part of a £200 million transport package approved for government funding. The team behind the project has yet to make a final decision on whether bendy buses will be used on the new route, which will connect Cribbs Causeway, Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Bristol Parkway, the new Bristol Science Park at Emersons Green, the University of the West of England, along the M32 to Bristol city centre and on to Hengrove Park.
The service, which has a smart card ticket system and dedicated routes and stops, has also been designed to link up with the rest of the transport system in Bristol.
Work to build the route is expected to last several years and is likely to cause major disruption in the city centre and major routes into Bristol.
The scheme includes a new road from the Avon Ring Road to Bradley Stoke; road widening along Bradley Stoke Way; a bus-only junction on the M32 between Hambrook and Eastville; new road layout and improved bus interchange in the city centre; new pedestrian, cycling and rapid transit bridge over the New Cut; widening of Hartcliffe Way; a rapid transit stop within the pedestrianised area in Lombard Street.
Consultations last until July 13.
As well as 11 exhibitions, information on the plans is available online at www.travelwest.info/nfh.