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The Service Manager -
Sustainable Transport and Group Manager for Highways and Traffic
introduced themselves and explained that they would present and
then and take questions one section at a time if that was
acceptable to members, which it was.
Transport Officers introduced
the Bus Strategy section via some presentation slides. Some of the key points were as follows
- West of
England (WoE) bus use has continued to increase. Figures show that Bristol is bucking the national
trend on patronage and doing quite well compared to other local
authorities. Student use of buses has
said that it’s difficult to find funding for public transport
compared to funding for motoring.
- First Bus
currently severs services in the city centre to help improve
reliability i.e. so that congestion doesn’t continually
affect the outer areas as much.
- A review of
the network is currently taking place and being carried out by
ARUP. They have already reported that the way things are currently
done in Bristol isn’t as efficient as it could be and
patronage can be increased further.
wouldn’t be until next year when the strategy was ready to be
Questions and comments from
- It was said
that there are still far too many old and polluting buses being
used in some parts of the city.
thought that Old Market Bus Interchange worked well as an
interchange. But it was suggested that
they are future proofed to enable the use of future
agreed that there were still gaps in the current route map; for
example East Bristol still has no direct route to Temple Meads
considered it positive that residents will be consulted about bus
routes but asked whether they shouldn’t also be asked about
additional plans or ideas for the future? Officers said they need to be careful what they
ask for views on because it needs to be considered whether we have
the physical space to do some things i.e. are people willing to
walk further or change buses or give up road space for other things
etc. Members suggested that was why
people ought to be asked those questions.
expressed their continued frustration that First Bus still has a
‘monopoly’ on buses in Bristol and were of the view
that the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) needed to do
more about this.
- It was said
that although WECA isn’t officially the Transport Authority
yet, it is correct in doing this work because apart from the recent
introduction of Metrobus Bristol’s Bus Network had not
changed since the 1990s. It was agreed
that building the orbital routes outward would provide room for
more interchanges. And that
interchanges would not work effectively until all the bus operators
are working under one single ticket system. This in his view really needed to be pushed though
as quick as possible.
Members agreed that more interchanges and cross-boundary tickets
were the way forward as well as the ... view
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