We need to make clear what it is
IN your story about the Labour candidate for Bristol mayor Marvin Rees (The Post, October 12) you said he joined other candidates in calling for an Integrated Transport Authority (ITA).
There is need to clarify what the situation regarding an ITA is.
It is proposed that the ITA would cover the whole Bath-Bristol city region. The old Avon area, West Wiltshire, the whole of the administrative county of Somerset and a small part of Dorset around Sherborne.
The ITA would consist of councillors from across the area. The ITA would not have a close administrative role but it would administer and fund the Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) within the Bristol area which would be responsible for the transport planning element.
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Bristol would come under the Greater Bristol PTE which would cover Greater Bristol i.e., the old Avon area without Bath and Weston-super-Mare.
So it would concern itself with travel around Yatton, Clevedon, Portishead, Yate, Almondsbury, Thornbury, Saltford and Keynsham as well as within the city of Bristol. (Bath and Weston-super-Mare would come under other PTEs, but under the same ITA as Greater Bristol.)
It is clear that we will need an integrated all modes strategy where all of the elements, bus, rail and Metrolink trams and tramtrains each play a significant role.
All the South Party