Mass transit project to transform transport in the West of England
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has announced the next steps for its ambitious plans to transform the region’s transport network to meet the needs of the growing population.
With 1.1 million residents, the West of England’s population is growing at a faster rate than other regions and this is putting a strain on the transport network.
WECA has invested £1.5m to identify options for mass transit, a high capacity transport network that could be made up of several different types of transport. Over the next few months route options will be developed across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire that have the potential to connect the highest volumes of people, city and town centres and employment hubs. Routes will connect with existing and planned bus and rail services bringing benefits to people across the region.
A variety of transport options are being assessed to understand which technologies might work best for the region. Meanwhile engagement will begin with local communities and businesses to make sure that a mass transit system meets the current and future needs of the region.
The mass transit programme is being led by the West of England Combined Authority in partnership with Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils.
This is the early stage of the project to understand what mass transit might look like, how much it would cost and consider what is the most appropriate mass transit technology for region. Following this early work, a public consultation will be held in summer 2021.