A new vision for improving transport in Bristol over the next two decades has been launched in a bid to transform how people move around the city.
The draft Bristol Transport Strategy is published today (Monday 24 September) and sets out how Bristol City Council plans to tackle challenges affecting journeys such as traffic congestion, growth in housing and jobs, inequality and health problems caused by inactivity and air pollution.
Members of the public are invited to give their views on the strategy and choose their transport priorities for Bristol through a simulator tool, which outlines the pros and cons for a range of projects which could improve how people get around the city. The strategy and simulator can be accessed via www.bristol.gov.uk/transportstrategy.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“A world class, integrated transport network is essential to Bristol’s future and we need the best approach to delivering our vision for all road users, making us a happier, healthier and economically stronger city.
“We all know some of the big challenges holding Bristol back when it comes to transport, with congestion being the most significant due to the scale and complexity of the problem. Our vision presents an opportunity to tackle these challenges head on and you can help us to agree the most effective approach.
“I’d like to thank the Congestion Task Group for their work shaping the direction of the Bristol Transport Strategy and I look forward to seeing the public’s feedback on priorities which could help us achieve a high-quality transport network our city needs.”
Some of the approaches earmarked in the strategy which could help citywide movement include:
• A mass transit scheme, such as underground or tram
• Better bus services
• Improving bus and local rail services
• More Park and Ride sites
• Safer walking and cycling routes
• Road safety improvements
• Invest in technology, such as smart phone apps to help people plan journeys
• Efficient freight movement to consolidate goods into fewer vehicles.
Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity, added:
“In recent years we’ve witnessed the biggest transport infrastructure investment in living memory, with around £800m up until 2020 covering schemes like Metrobus, local rail improvements, walking and cycling upgrades and transforming Temple Gate, one of the city’s key gateways. We now need to look to the next 20 years and how we increase transport options so they are accessible and inclusive to everyone.
“We have an enormous task ahead but we are confident this strategy gives Bristol the direction it needs and fills a gap in transport policy. No matter how you travel in Bristol, we want to hear from you to ensure we have a broad insight on what is most important to our citizens when it comes to getting from A to B.”
The consultation and simulator are open until the 2 November 2018. Please go to: www.bristol.gov.uk/transportstrategy. Paper copies of the consultation are also available in libraries.