Rapid Transit

This is an archive site - please see www.travelwest.info/rapidtransit for up to date information

Bus Rapid Transit will be a rapid, reliable, frequent and punctual form of public transport that will feature segregated bus lanes, using modern up to date sustainable vehicles that will link outlying areas with the major employment and shopping hubs.

BRT Cumberland Road  South Bristol Link

Designed for long and short distance passengers, it will be easy access for all, with ‘off-vehicle’ ticketing that integrates with other forms of public transport in the area.

Vehicles will be modern, low emission, and sustainable that can be used on segregated routes for reliability and on road for longer distances.  

 StreetCar Marriot

See the Travel+ transport map for how the programme fits togeher

 Travel+ logo The Rapid Transit routes are 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.
The first planned route is part of the Bath Package and will link Newbridge in the west of Bath to the new park and ride in the east – providing a regular seamless service crossing the city centre and linking the new development at Western Riverside with city centre and outlying areas.

In the Bristol area the first route is planned between Ashton Vale and Temple Meads, via Bristol city centre and linking in with the wider bus and road network from Nailsea, Portishead and Clevedon and aimed at encouraging commuters and shoppers out of their cars.

Read a summary of the scheme at Spring 2010

During November 2008 we asked for opinions and feedback on the proposals for the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads route - read the information.

In February 2009 Bristol City and North Somerset councils endorsed the West of England Partnership's major scheme bid to the Department for Transport for funding for the route.

Read about the major scheme bid process and the bid documents.

On June 10th 2010, a Transport and Works Act submission was made to the Secretary of State for Transport. The documents can be viewed here 

A third route between Hengrove in south Bristol and the north and east fringe of Bristol will link the city centre and provide a rapid, reliable, frequent and punctual service for commuters and shoppers. Read more about the North Fringe to Hengrove Package.  A rapid transit link from Hengrove in South Bristol to the Ashton Vale Park & Ride site is included as part of the South Bristol Link scheme,


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