The number 2 bus route, from the A37 to the A4018, is the first to be assessed as Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority look to improve travel through key areas over the next decade. It’s part of the transformation of Bristol’s transport network, introducing better bus travel, cleaner air, and improved walking and cycling routes, alongside ongoing plans for mass transit.
From today, (24 July) residents, businesses and anyone who uses any part of the route, can give their views on what changes could be made to make cycling, walking and catching the bus easier, safer and more reliable.
The number 2 bus runs from Stockwood to Cribbs Causeway via the city centre. It is one of eight transport routes identified as needing improvements due to the large numbers of people using them. They connect people to jobs, education and other services. To compliment this, operator First West of England has confirmed it will double the frequencies of the number 2 bus route, starting from 2 August.
Mayor Marvin Rees said: “This public engagement marks the start of an ambitious project to make serious improvements to the major transport routes in and out of Bristol.
“We are committed to creating a better, more connected future for everyone in the city and an improved transport system is critical to achieving that as it will help people to access jobs and leisure opportunities.
“Over the next decade we plan to make significant changes to these key routes that will protect public health and unlock barriers to inclusive economic growth with cleaner air, safer and better public transport, and improved walking and cycling routes.
“With a growing population we need to tackle these issues now, and we welcome the public’s input to help us agree the most effective approach to meet this challenge head on.”
The A37/A4018 route starts in Stockwood and travels along the A37 through Knowle and Totterdown before reaching the central area, calling at Temple Meads. It then heads north along the A4018 and travels into Henleaze, Southmead and Henbury before arriving at Cribbs Causeway.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the West of England authorities are working with bus operators on a recovery plan once travel restrictions and social distancing are relaxed. First West of England has committed to a future Bus Deal with the West of England Combined Authority and Bristol City Council. The deal will enable the city and bus operators to work together to improve journey times, increase passenger numbers and expand the network.
James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England said: “We are very excited about these developments which will make public transport along this corridor more reliable and more attractive. In response, we committed to increasing the frequency of service 2 in particular and we are delighted that we can now bring this about in the form of extra journeys, numbered 2a, which will operate between Stockwood and Southmead. The 2 and 2a together will generally provide double the frequency from 2 August through the city.
“Every year more people in Bristol have been using buses and there has been substantial and continuous growth in patronage since 2013. Covid-19 has changed all that but we need to be ready for a return to normality afterwards and public transport will be such an important part of making Bristol a clean, green and liveable city.
“Bristol is ahead of the curve nationally in keeping a consistent approach to the development of the streetscape and road networks to make sure that buses can run reliably and provide the best possible service. We are proud to be playing our part in this.”
The engagement will seek to gather ideas on how to improve the route as a whole, as well as focusing on areas where congestion is an issue like on the A37 Wells Road, A4018 Whiteladies Road and in the city centre.
In particular the survey will ask for comments on:
• Creating better and more attractive pedestrian environments including safe crossing points
• Reallocating road space for cyclists and buses
• Improving road layouts to help buses move quickly through the traffic improving journey times and reliability.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual exhibition will be available online. The site is designed to make you feel like you are at a drop-in event, only virtually, with information panels, videos and live chat sessions. For more information and to give your views, visit Travelwest.info/A37A4018. There is also an option to complete the survey online without visiting the virtual exhibition.
If you do not have access to online facilities and would like a paper copy of the information and survey please write to: Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07775 115909 to leave a message with your request.
The engagement closes on Friday 11 September 2020.