Bristol’s plans for a £2.6bn metro system have received a boost after Mayor Marvin Rees said a pre-feasibility report into a possible underground section found ground conditions were not an obstacle, and announced the go-ahead for a full feasibility study.
Bristol is planning a light rail or metro system in areas of the city which have the highest numbers of passengers
Rees said that with the right level of investment, the scheme is “perfectly buildable” and could be a mix of overground and underground lines.
In his State of the City address last week, Rees said: “I previously announced we have commissioned a pre-feasibility study for an underground with our partners in the West of England (Combined) Authority. And I’m pleased to be able to say initial feedback is that the ground conditions don’t look too problematic, and with the right level of investment this project is perfectly buildable. A mass transit scheme that connects the northern fringe, the south and the east to the centre, connects the city to our growing airport and people to jobs has the potential to be transformative to the city and region.”
He said a full feasibility study will be commissioned this month.
A Bristol City Council Spokesperson said: “Bristol has a serious problem with congestion. To try and tackle this the council is looking at a wide range of possible public transport schemes. One of these, as has been reported, is a potential underground or metro system. This option is very much in the early planning stages and we are currently carrying out a pre-feasibility study to investigate the viability of an underground system and will then commission further work to look at all rapid transit options for the region.”
Consultant Atkins put together the West of England Joint Transport Study, which laid out what the metro could look like.
It said it should be rail based and on the city’s major corridors, providing a good enough quality of service to help shift people from cars.
A draft version said: ”Constraints imposed by the road network mean that underground running will need to be considered in places.”