Metrobus project is pants, say campaigners

October 07 2016

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for work on the £200m MetroBus to be speeded up to bring an end to traffic chaos in Fishponds and the surrounding area.

Pants

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for work on the £200m MetroBus to be speeded up to bring an end to traffic chaos in Fishponds and the surrounding area.

They made their views clear about the chaos being caused by preparation for the new rapid transport network last month by staging a humorous “Metropants” protest.

Some of the problems facing commuters were written up on giant pants and displayed near Stoke Lane, which is closed to northbound traffic while a retaining wall is built as part of work to create a bus-only junction on to the M32.

When the closure began in June, Stoke Lane Action Group  predicted that it would be in September that the full impact would be felt, once everyone had returned to work, school, college and university after the holidays.

They have been proved right. While they were told that transport modelling forecast only an extra three minutes on northbound journeys, campaigners say their evidence suggests it is nearer 45 minutes.

Many people who cannot use public transport or travel at different times because of childcare commitments and other constraints say they are at their wits’ end, as are people whose homes are on the route.  

Traffic in Fishponds and Stapleton is also affected, as commuters try to find alternative routes.

This might even become worse this month, as work is due to begin on a seven-month project to extend the M32 bus lane into Bristol. Contractors will be removing and replacing the central reservation, upgrading drainage and ducting, and installing Average Speed Cameras.

The Stoke Lane closure is scheduled to last six months, but the MetroBus team said the situation would be kept under review.