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£1.3m boost for West of England bus services

Posted on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 2:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Brian Allinson (left) beside a bus lane at Aztec West.

Bus users in South Gloucestershire are to benefit from a new £1.3m Government grant to help improve services in the West of England.

The award from the Department for Transport’s ‘Better Bus Area’ scheme will be used to improve services on eight routes including the A38 from Bristol to Thornbury and the A420 from Bristol to Kingswood Town Centre.

The award is being made to the South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset councils and the funding will support measures that improve journey times and make bus travel more attractive, such as new and extended bus lanes and upgrades to bus stops.

Measures along the A38 corridor will include improvements to bus stops between Aztec West and Thornbury with provision of raised boarding facilities, new shelters and real-time information displays at some locations.

Chair of the council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee Cllr Brian Allinson said:

“This is another welcome boost in our drive to improve bus services for South Gloucestershire and the wider West of England.”

“Our vision for transport is to encourage a shift away from the private car to more sustainable travel options such as public transport, cycling and walking in order to reduce congestion, support economic growth and promote a better quality of life for everyone.”

“Bus services are key to this vision and small measures like enhanced bus lanes and better traffic management can make a big difference to journey times and the attractiveness of bus travel. I hope that with this funding we will see more people in South Gloucestershire and the West of England choosing to travel by bus.”

More: Strategy includes showcase routes and rapid transit schemes »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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MP calls on council to improve local transport

Posted on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 2:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Number 18 bus service pictured in Little Stoke, Bristol.

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti has called on South Gloucestershire Council to do more to improve transport locally.

Mr Lopresti has made the call after supporting a number of transport initiatives but he believes the council must go further, saying:

“One of local people’s main concerns about our local area is the existing and future transport infrastructure. Public transport is an essential resource for communities; I am a regular user myself, particularly to Bristol Parkway and central Bristol and to medical appointments more recently. Central Government does not legislate on local transport issues; after all, governing important local issues such as this is why we have local councils and councillors. Instead, the Government makes available a certain amount of money for councils to spend in these areas. The Government recently legislated to remove ring-fencing from a vast amount of local authority funding, giving councils the flexibility to spend Government grants where they are needed most.”

“I believe that South Gloucestershire Council needs to do more to take advantage of this.”

The MP’s comments come after he wrote to the Chair of the Public Transport Forum, Cllr Ian Scott, earlier this month, specifically to enquire about bus services to Southmead Hospital from Staple Hill, amongst other areas currently without provision. The MP also met with First Bus on the matter and is campaigning to ensure that local people have transport links to vital services.

He continued:

“Improving public transportation in our local area is vital, which is why I have previously lobbied the Government to secure funding for the Rapid Transit Scheme and to champion a new junction on the M49. I have also been in contact with the council to support plans for a bus rail interchange at Filton Abbey Wood and I have started a campaign to re-open Filton North Station. In Parliament, I have spoken with ministers and asked questions in support of the Four Track scheme on the Filton Bank network and in favour of the electrification of the Great Western Main Line.”

“Given the new flexibility afforded to councils by the Government in terms of how central funding is spent, I would expect councillors from all areas to work with their council colleagues to put in place a public transport plan to make public transport accessible for all who need it. I am of course happy to give my support to the council in ensuring this happens.”

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Two improved Wessex Red bus services launched

Posted on Friday 11th January 2013 at 1:38 pm by SH (Editor)

A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

Wessex Red’s number 13 and 19 bus services are to be improved from Monday 14 January, serving a wider area with better frequency.

The 13 route is being extended from serving the University of the West of England (UWE), Frenchay campus and Bristol City Centre to now include Bradley Stoke. The 19 is being doubled in frequency and re-routed through Cotham and Kingsdown as well as UWE and Bristol City Centre. Both services will have brand new buses with on-board ‘next stop’ information. The services are designed with local residents in mind and will be run by Wessex Red in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and UWE.

The service extensions have been funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; the West of England area received nearly £30m from the Department for Transport to build on plans for taking forward sustainable travel measures.

Services 13 and 19 have a flat price of £3 for all day travel, or £2 single. Prices are further discounted to £2.50 a day and £1.67 for any single journey for Wessex Red smart card users. Smart cards are available from UWE. Monthly passes also offer customers even greater opportunities to save money on their travel costs.

Talking about the improved services, Councillor Brian Allinson, Chairman of the council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“These new services are yet more evidence of the council’s continuing commitment to make travelling by public transport as attractive an option as possible for our residents.”

For timetable information customers are advised to log onto the Travel West website: www.travelwest.info/newservices

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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“Raid” on village’s transport funds put on hold

Posted on Sunday 11th November 2012 at 4:04 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives.

Plans to “raid” a village’s transport funds to spend in another part of South Gloucestershire have been put on hold.

A report that went to last Monday’s (5th November) meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee meeting had recommended that £420,000 paid to the council by the developers of Hortham Village in Almondsbury parish should be spent on other transport schemes (specifically to cover an overspend on the Cheswick Bus Link in Stoke Gifford).

A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

But, following an appeal at the meeting from Almondsbury Conservative Councillor Sheila Cook, councillors on the committee agreed to put the decision on hold and for further information to be gathered.

Cllr Cook argued that a decision to divert Hortham Village’s transport funds was being made before a ‘bus priority corridor study’ had been completed into whether these funds are required to improve public transport infrastructure along the A38 between Hortham Village and the M5 motorway.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Cook (Con, Almondsbury) welcomed the committee’s decision:

“I welcome the committee’s decision to agree to put this decision on hold.”

“It beggars belief that raiding Hortham Village’s transport funding and spending it miles away in another part of the district was being seriously considered before the study has been completed on whether these funds should be spent to improve the A38 to benefit Hortham Village residents.”

She added:

“I look forward to the study being completed as soon as practically possible – £420,000 is a tremendous amount of money which has the potential to transform public transport infrastructure along the A38.”

Photo: A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link. [Photo: © Stoke Gifford Journal]

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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