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Viewpoint: Issue 579 9 Sep 2011

Bristol’s bus rapid transit plan is a curate’s egg – the area needs an Integrated Transport Authority

Gavin Smith - Transport consultant

A major scheme bid for funding a Bristol ‘rapid transit’ system is on its way to Government – again. This time it’s ‘bus rapid transit’ (BRT). But, once again, we are watching a complex farce play out, egged on by woefully flabby Government policy. A pity, because Greater Bristol remains – and looks set to remain – tied to the car, with congestion, long journey times and the dubious distinction of lacking any decent public transport system. How...

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12 Sep 2011

The Greater Bristol area most definitely needs an ITA, it also needs more investment in local rail, some competition for First Bus and its high-cost, low-reliability bus service.

What Bristol does not need is over-engineered, highly expensive and deeply unpopular schemes such as the current BRT proposals. They will not achieve the modal shift required and they will saddle Bristol with massive debt for a generation.

23 Sep 2011

An ITA for Bristol would be a really bad idea. ITAs are hugely expensive. No ITA is a s good as Nottingham or Brighton city councils RW

1 Oct 2011

An ITA for Bristol would be a good idea. It seems, however, that local councils neighbouring Bristol are not so keen on the idea.

This issue could also be resolved if the City (and County) Boundary for Bristol were expanded to cover areas immediately outside the border.