Mayor Marvin's MetroBus pledge to campaign group

November 02 2016

AT last someone's listening to us – but will there be any action? That is the question campaigners are asking after Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees visited to discuss the problems caused by the northbound closure of Stoke Lane in Stapleton.

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AT last someone's listening to us – but will there be any action? That is the question campaigners are asking after Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees visited to discuss the problems caused by the northbound closure of Stoke Lane in Stapleton.

Mr Rees cycled to meet the Stoke Lane Action Group on October 21 to hear their concerns about the negative impact on residents and commuters of the works, which are part of the project to create a MetroBus network for Bristol.

He agreed that more should be done to reduce the length of time the road is shut and to alleviate the distress for people living in the area. Following the meeting, Mr Rees announced that Bristol City Council officers would investigate.

The council and South Gloucestershire Council and their contractors are working together through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver MetroBus, which is aimed at cutting journey times and improving transport links across the city.

As the Voice went to print, Amanda Vinall, from the action group, said she was hopeful of an announcement soon, although any changes would not be immediate as consultation would be required.

Stoke Lane, which runs between Stapleton and UWE, closed to northbound traffic in June, meaning many people have to make a detour of more than two miles around the A4174 Avon Ring Road, which is also undergoing road works in preparation for the new bus system.

Traffic delays have worsened since the summer holidays ended – just as the protesters had predicted. They would like to see two-way traffic lights, even if this makes the works take longer.

Recent days have seen more troubles for MetroBus, with the costs of the scheme rising rapidly to £216 million, and an unexpected gas main causing further delays to road works in Bradley Stoke.

Frome Vale Councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones said Mr Rees had asked her to review the impact on people across the city of the MetroBus project.

“We want to look at what is happening, what has gone wrong, what we can learn from it and what we can do in the future,” she said.