Fishponds voice sept page 1

MetroBus works set to bring more jams


THE full impact of the closure of Stoke Lane to northbound traffic as part of the MetroBus works  is set to be felt this month.

The road was made one-way in June so that contractors could build a retaining wall as part of the construction of a bus-only junction over the M32.

Since the closure, students have not been the university and many commuters have been on holiday.. Drivers are expecting long delays this month once everything gets back to normal. Bus operator First is changing its timetables from September 4 to allow extra time for journeys.

Meanwhile, speculation is growing about whether the £200 million rapid transport system,   which is due to open next year, will need to be subsidised.

The councils behind the new network say it will make public transport faster and more reliable but campaigners such as the Stoke Lane Action Group, dispute this claim.

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