Bristol City and South Gloucestershire councils have submitted a planning application for the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus. As this section of the MetroBus route crosses the council boundaries there are two identical planning applications. All the documents are available online on the two councils’ planning portals (see links below).
The NFHP MetroBus will link areas of housing and economic growth in the North and East Fringe of the Bristol urban area with a major regeneration area in South Bristol via Bristol city centre.
MetroBus services will be fast, frequent and reliable with new, low-emission vehicles. They will provide high quality passenger facilities, information and interchanges and safe and secure access to stops. Services will run on segregated routes in some places, and will be given priority over other road users at traffic signals when running on the public highway.
The route will incorporate new bus stops and shelters, and shared cycleway and footway as appropriate. The proposals also include the construction of new highway junctions, bridge structures, drainage facilities, urban realm improvements, hard landscaping and planting.
Comments must be made through the official planning process. Even if someone has commented on the proposals before, they will need to do so again if they want their comments to be considered at this formal stage.
The North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus is one part of a wider network of MetroBus routes across the West of England region which includes the South Bristol Link and the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route.
The scheme will link with the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads route as it passes through Bristol city centre, sharing routes through Redcliffe to Bedminster Bridge. Within south Bristol, the scheme will link with the South Bristol Link at Hengrove Park.
Image: Artist’s impression of the NFHP MetroBus in Bristol city centre.
Source: Press release from the West of England office.