Ashton Vale- Temple Meads bid submission

Major scheme business case submission to Department for Transport (DfT)


In March 2009 the West of England Partnership submitted a major scheme business case submission (a ‘bid’) for funding for the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads rapid transit route.


First stage approval  - Programme Entry - was awarded by the Department for Transport in March 2010

 The DfT’s process for considering major schemes for funding is in three stages:
  • Programme Entry – making an initial case for the scheme to DfT setting out what the scheme is, what the economic case for the scheme is and how the scheme is planned to be funded and delivered. The submission to DfT is formally referred to as a ‘Major Scheme Business Case’ or is known as a bid.
  • Conditional Approval – is applied for once all the necessary statutory powers have been granted for a scheme. This involves obtaining planning permission and other legal consents (for example listed building consents) to build and operate the scheme. In the case of the Rapid Transit Scheme it is envisaged that a Transport and Works Act Order will be sought. This is an application made by the Local Authorities to the Secretary of State for Transport, which, if approved, results in an Act of Parliament authorising the scheme.
  • Final Approval - is applied for once contracts have been agreed to build and operate a scheme and works on the ground are ready to commence.

Read the full major scheme business case.

These documents include preliminary plans used for the purpose of assessing the scheme for Programme Entry. 

The next stage of work involves developing plans for the rapid transit scheme in detail, undertaking a full Environmental Impact Assessment and preparing the required legal documents for a Transport and Works Act Order.



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