A trio of transport hub proposals have been put out for public consultation in Bristol.
MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has revealed proposals for three new transport hubs and increased support for public transport to ease congestion and pollution in Bristol.
The MP’s plans involve the upgrade of the Portway park and ride in Shirehampton, and the creation of two new transport hubs at Henbury and at an undetermined site north of Lockleaze.
Jones argues that all three sites must have access to rail, bus, cycle hire, cycle lock-up, car parking and electric vehicle charging points together on one site.
The upgrades to the Portway park and ride would accompany the opening of Portway Parkway station as part of the MetroWest scheme.
“Local transport has been a problem for as long as I can remember,” Jones said in a letter detailing the plans to his constituents, “[…] making it even more important to get cheap, reliable and frequent buses and trains working”.
“We also need much better cycle lanes that don’t start and end dangerously and which follow major routes in and out of the city. And we need to make it easier for people to have electric vehicles.”
The creation of an entirely new hub at Henbury would also be linked to Henbury station, also part of MetroWest, and is due to reopen to trains in 2021,
Jones also called for the creation of ‘‘non-stop’’ bus and cycle lanes to connect North Bristol with the Bristol City Centre, the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre, and the Avonmouth Industrial Estate.
A spare £53M of local funding, released following the mayor’s decision scrap a publicly-funded Bristol Arena near Temple Meads could be used to fund these transport upgrades, Jones claims on his website.
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