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Bristol guided busway gets cash for £43M extension

Bristol’s guided busway has been given a government grant towards a £43M extension.

In September, the Department for Transport (DfT) agreed to contribute £34M towards the first phase of the Metrobus scheme, from Long Ashton to Temple Meads, which has a price tag of £45M.

The next phase consists of a combined new road and rapid transit link to the south and west of Bristol city centre between the A370 Long Ashton Bypass and Hengrove Park. The 5km link and will connect to the first phase. The DfT will provide up to £27.6M towards the £43.3M total cost.

Construction work is scheduled to be completed by November 2016.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This £27M will create faster bus services for people who rely on this service every day and will be welcomed by commuters and tourists alike. It is part of the government’s long term economic plan to improve the lives of people up and down the country, by investing in transport, creating jobs and driving economic growth.”

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: This £27M will help transform travel around Bristol. The South Bristol Link will help get traffic off the roads, spark economic growth and link people to jobs. Our investment continues our commitment to help build stronger local economies, give our cities first-rate transport systems and benefit the UK as a whole.”

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