Bristol’s £45M rapid bus network has been given the go ahead after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced £34M of funding towards the project.
The Metrobus project will provide a new bus service from the south west of the city to the centre along a new 4km segregated busway from the Long Ashton Park and Ride site.
The dedicated busway follows former rail routes and will feature a new bridge over the Bristol to Portishead rail line.
The city centre section will run on existing roads with added bus priority measures including bus lanes and upgraded junctions.
The rapid transit scheme aims to encourage car drivers coming into Bristol to shift onto public transport. Existing bus services in the west of the city will also be able to use the new infrastructure with faster travel times.
The DfT will fund up to £34.5M towards the £45M total cost.
Construction work will be completed in April 2016.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “The Bristol Metrobus will provide a step change improvement for public transport serving not just in the city itself but also surrounding communities. Buses will be able to get around quickly, travelling along dedicated busways and priority lanes around Bristol and into the city centre. The new link will stimulate economic development and link communities with jobs.
“Our investment towards the network shows we are serious about funding the infrastructure needed in this country to drive economic growth.”