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26 June 2018

A task group set up to look at new ways to improve journeys for everyone in the city has made a series of recommendations back to the Mayor of Bristol, including calling for a new Transport Board.

A report by the Congestion Task Group, which was formed by Mayor Marvin Rees over a year ago, is due to be presented to Cabinet next week. It covers how the group of key city stakeholders, including professionals and experts in their field, have used the opportunity to build relationships, become involved with policy development and offer challenge where needed.

The recommendations the group has now made include; consulting the public on the approach of the new Bristol Transport Strategy in the next few months, as a matter of urgency, commissioning a Bristol Transport Plan on specific geographical and movement characteristics to provide a valuable evidence base, and establishing a Transport Board with an independent chair to monitor the progress of the plan and guide its direction. Continuing to work in partnership across the sub region to promote and deliver transport improvements was also endorsed by the group.

Mayor Rees said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who gave their valuable time to support the Congestion Task Group meetings. This is exactly the type of partnership working we need to help the city tackle big challenges such as traffic congestion. What’s clear from the group’s findings is that due to the scale and complexity of the problem, organisations, communities and individuals need to work better together under much stronger transport planning.

“Congestion and its consequences are an obvious challenge for Bristol. We know that low-income communities have access to fewer transport options and citizens in more deprived communities face greater risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads. They also tend to be exposed to higher levels of air pollution. We can reduce the negative impacts of transport in the city, but we need to do this collaboratively with partners across Bristol and experts.”

The main group met monthly, in addition to three sub groups on different themes, which included Quick Wins, chaired by Cllr Mark Weston; Technical, chaired by Peter Evans from Business West; and Communications chaired by John Hirst from Destination Bristol.

Other recommendations made by the group included nine ‘quick win’ measures to be  prioritised and costs of each calculated, a dedicated communications transport role to take a proactive approach to promoting transport across the city, and a pledge to continue to prioritise options for the movement of people on key strategic corridors.

Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity at Bristol City Council also chaired the Congestion Task Group. She said:

“The Congestion Task Group was established with guiding objectives including improving people flow across the city, supporting inclusive economic growth in Bristol, and looking at innovative longer-term solutions to the city’s transport challenges. The main group was divided into three key areas – Quick Wins, Technical and Communications – as these were judged the most important areas to focus on.

“We now have a clear plan of action of what the group felt was needed to make meaningful changes to tackling traffic congestion in Bristol. We have identified ways which could improve how the council and other organisations currently work together on congestion, for example, the recommendation to establish a Transport Board.

“We have lot more work to do on congestion as a city, but we have made good progress with increasing bus use, launching Metrobus and ongoing upgrades to cycling and walking routes. The Bristol Transport Strategy will be out to consultation in the next few months, giving the public an opportunity to get involved in how we plan for our journeys and the ways we can achieve a high-quality transport network.”

Original press release by Bristol City Council:

http://news.bristol.gov.uk/new_transport_board_recommended_as_congestion_task_group

 

 

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