StopBRT2 campaign continues
In late June the Mayor adopted the Cumberland Road option (see the map below) and this was supported by most of his Cabinet. The financial, transport modelling issues and environmental concerns raised by us were largely ignored, as were the large number of written statements (which weren't available at the meeting).
The decision was made without any meaningful public consultation. A very limited 'consultation' took place after the decision during the summer holidays but people may well have missed the point of this as the name has been changed from BRT2 to Metrobus. Also, it was not possible to say in that so say 'consultation' whether you supported or opposed the scheme. The result of the consultation has yet to be published.
The Secretary of State has provided the Council/West of England Partnership the powers that they need to build the original Ashton Park and Ride to Prince Street route. Sections along the heritage railway, in the harbour area and across Prince Street, have been dropped. The Council therefore intend to grant themselves planning consent for the sections not covered by these powers (i.e. Avon Crescent to Redcliffe Way).
Key points in our campaign:
- The £50m plus scheme results in only 50 extra passengers in the peak am. Any impact on congestion will not be noticeable (with only 0.01% 'modal shift')
- The 80% share of cost, over any government grant, is picked up by Bristol: this is unfair. This applies to cost overrun. The scheme cost went up by 6% in one year. This is likely to apply to subsidies for the bus service
- This is not a new service, merely re-routed services
- It has negative impacts on valuable open spaces and on walking and cycling
- The promoters' analysis is based on flawed surveys and analysis
- The short stop-start guideway is laughable
These and other concerns are covered in earlier news items to the right.
22 reasons why Hotwell Road is the intelligent choice
There are 22 good reasons for opting for Hotwell Road rather than Cumberland Road - see the map below: