Have your say on major plans for popular Bristol bus route in bid to ‘transform travel’ across city

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‘As our city continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic, these improvements will allow Bristol to feel more connected’

People are being urged to have their say on improvements to a popular Bristol bus route amid major plans to ‘transform travel’ and encourage walking and cycling across the city.

Bus users and residents are being asked for their feedback on changes to the number 2 bus route,  known as the A37 to the A4018 which goes from Cribbs Causeway to Stockwood, and to  Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street.

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It comes as part of a wider transformation by Bristol City Council and the West of England  Combined Authority over the next decade that aims to make ‘Bristol’s transport network better for all’.

The Council say that the climate emergency and Bristol’s 2030 carbon neutral targets mean that radical  changes are needed to the road network that will transform bus travel and encourage cycling  and walking in the city.

In addition, anyone who lives, works, or travels through the area can also take part in a survey on Park  Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street.

The proposals are to make the  current, temporary traffic improvements permanent and to introduce further changes to Colston Street.

What do the plans entail?

The proposals for the number 2 bus route look to achieve:

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  • Bus infrastructure  enhancements to help buses move quickly through the traffic, improved journey times and  reliability
  • Better pedestrian spaces which provide safe crossing points and attractive  streetscapes
  • Reallocation of road space for cyclists to make it easier and safer to cycle

In the area around Park Row they also aim to support local businesses by increasing the number of pedestrians, and manage traffic flow and reduce pollution in the  area around Park Row.

Park Row is one of the streets along the route it is hoped will benefit from the changes.Park Row is one of the streets along the route it is hoped will benefit from the changes.
Park Row is one of the streets along the route it is hoped will benefit from the changes.

It is hoped that improvements will also benefit other bus services that use part of this route.

‘Changing a major transport corridor in and out of  Bristol’

Councillor Don Alexander, cabinet member for Transport said: “Following a period of  engagement last year, we’re now inviting the public to have their say on community-informed  designs that lay out positive steps for changing a major transport corridor in and out of  Bristol.

“As our city continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic, these improvements will  allow Bristol to feel more connected, with shorter journeys and more reliable services, welcoming more people to choose catching the bus, cycling or walking and make the air we breathe cleaner.”

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When and how can I have my say?

From Tuesday, November 30, Bristol residents, businesses, commuters and anyone else  who travel along the number 2 bus route and through the Park Row area, can give their  views on designs and proposals that could be made to improve the safety, reliability  and ease of catching the bus, cycling and walking.

Both consultations follow public engagement last year, where the Council spoke to citizens  and invited them to give their feedback on what improvements are needed along the  A37/A4018 and on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street.

Drop-in events will be taking place across the city in the North, South and Central sections of  the A37/A4018, alongside online events.

The consultation on improvements to the number 2  bus route is online on the Travel West website travelwest.info/A37A4018.

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Further  information and details of the drop-in and online events can also be found on the website. 

The online survey for the consultation on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin,  Marlborough Street and Colston Street can be found on the council’s website:  bristol.gov.uk/ParkRowConsultation

If you don’t have access to online facilities and would like a paper copy of the information  and either survey you can write to: Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1  9NE.

You can also email [email protected] or call 0117 903644.

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The consultation on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin, Marlborough Street and Colston  Street closes on January 16 2022 and the consultation on improvements to the number 2  bus route closes on January 28 2022.

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