Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority is welcoming views on how to improve journeys through the number 2 bus route, from the A37 to the A4018. Any resident, business or visitor who uses part of the north to south route can share their thoughts before this Friday (11 September) on changes to the transport network in this area.
The number 2 service runs from Stockwood in the south to Cribbs Causeway in the north via the city centre. It is one of eight transport routes identified as needing improvements due to the large numbers of people using them to connect to jobs, education, services and to each other. Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority are looking to improve travel through key areas in the city region over the next decade.
Part of an overhaul of Bristol’s transport network, the upgrades would help clean up the city’s air, introduce more reliable bus services, and safer walking and cycling journeys. It’s also linked to ongoing plans for a mass transit public transport system.
To compliment this, operator First West of England has already doubled the frequency of the number 2 bus route, with a new 2A service running parallel to it for most of the route from Stockwood to Southmead. This is in part thanks to the closure of Bristol Bridge to general traffic, as part of work to improve air quality and make it easier for people to catch the bus, walk and cycle in the city.
Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “This marks the start of an ambitious project transforming major transport routes in and out of Bristol.
“It has been great to see people making all kinds of suggestions for improving walking, cycling and bus journeys along the A37 and A4018, including ideas for widening pavements, new bike lanes and improved pedestrian crossings.
“But there is still time for people to get involved and I would urge anyone who uses any part of this route to have their say.
“Over the next decade we plan to make significant changes to this key route and others to provide Bristol with cleaner air, better public transport, and safer walking and cycling journeys.
“With a growing population living and travelling in our region, we need to tackle these issues now, and we welcome the public’s input to help us to agree the most effective approach to meet this challenge head on.”
Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, said: “I want to get our region moving and double the number of passengers on our buses. To do that we need to improve our public transport network, particularly key routes like the Number 2, so that we reduce congestion and improve air quality. We’re keen to hear people’s views so I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet got in touch to share their thoughts.”
The A37/A4018 route starts in Stockwood and travels along the A37 through Knowle and Totterdown before reaching the central area, calling at Temple Meads. It then heads north along the A4018 and travels into Henleaze, Southmead and Henbury before arriving at Cribbs Causeway.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the West of England authorities are working with bus operators on a recovery plan once travel restrictions and social distancing are relaxed. First West of England has committed to a future Bus Deal with the West of England Combined Authority and Bristol City Council. The deal will enable the city and bus operators to work together to improve journey times, increase passenger numbers and expand the network.
The council is seeking to gather ideas on how to improve the route as a whole, as well as focusing on areas where congestion is an issue like on the A37 Wells Road, A4018 Whiteladies Road and in the city centre.
In particular the survey asks for comments on:
- Creating better and more attractive pedestrian environments including safe crossing points
- Reallocating road space for cyclists and buses
- Improving road layouts to help buses move quickly through the traffic improving journey times and reliability.
A virtual exhibition is also available online. The site is designed to make you feel like you are at a drop-in event, only virtually, with information panels, videos and live chat sessions. There is also an option to complete the survey online without visiting the virtual exhibition.
For more information and to give your views, visit Travelwest.info/A37A4018.
The engagement closes on at midnight Friday 11 September 2020.