Bus network

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£ 70 million for public transport in the West of England Partnership area


The work to improve public transport corridors and ease congestion in the West of England Partnership area is well underway, thanks to an award of £42 million announced on Tuesday 20 May 2008 by then Transport Minister Rosie Winterton to fund the next stage of the Greater Bristol Bus Network.

Ten new route corridors and over 60 bus routes within the West of England Partnership area are beneffiting from local improvements.  

Information on the Greater Bristol Bus Network is updated on our sister website, Travel+

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The improvements started in the summer with work on the M32 bus lane – improving punctuality and reliability for buses into Bristol without reducing any road space for cars.

 For an update on the work to date see the May 2009 Travel+ newsletter

The total cost of the upgrades is £70 million comprising £42 million from the Department of Transport, £20 million from local bus company, First, with £6 million from developer contributions, with the balance funded by the four local councils.

The benefits of similar improvements can already be seen on the Henbury to Hartcliffe showcase route 1 and Bristol centre to Cadbury Heath showcase route 2, with the increase in passenger usage.

 Travel+ logo The development of the Greater Bristol Bus Network is one of the West of England’s Travel+ projects that together aim to tackle congestion, improve air quality, ensure that alternatives to the car are a realistic first choice for the majority of trips, offer real travel choices - affordable, safe, secure, reliable simple to use and available to all  - and meet both rural and urban needs. 

Improvements brought about under GBBN will include:

  • Bus priority measures such as new bus lanes and intelligent traffic signals to minimise delays and improve journey times
  • New buses with easy access low floors, lower emissions and improved comfort and cleanliness
  • real time information where and when passengers need it.  Simple and easy to understand information to put bus users in control of their travel options.
  • improved links to and from park and ride sites
  • more services and new routes where there is most demand
  • new shelters with raised kerbs, improved lighting, seating and CCTV to improve access, comfort and cleanliness
  • improved maintenance and service agreements will ensure buses and shelters remain clean and damage free.

Corridors and routes that will benefit

As part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) programme the following routes will be significantly improved:

  • M32, from south of Junction 2 to Bristol city centre
  • A4018  Bristol  to Cribbs Causeway
  • A4018  Bristol  to Cribbs Causeway via Parkway and North Fringe
  • A432 Bristol to Yate
  • A4 Bristol to Bath
  • A37 Bristol to Midsomer Norton and Radstock
  • A 4174 Avon Ring Road
  • A370 Bristol to Weston-super-Mare
  • A369 Bristol to Portishead
  • A367 Bath to Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

A map of the proposed corridors

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