The draft Bristol Transport Strategy was highlighted in the Mayor’s State of the City speech this week where he reiterated the need to tackle Bristol’s transport challenges.
The strategy sets out how Bristol City Council aims to improve citywide movement and overcome challenges affecting journeys, such as traffic congestion, growth in housing and jobs, inequality and health problems caused by inactivity and air pollution.
In addition to a survey on the strategy, the public are invited to choose their transport priorities for Bristol through a simulator tool, which outlines the pros and cons for a range of projects. The strategy and simulator is open until 2 November and can be accessed at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/transportstrategy.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“How we get around our busy, thriving city is critical to daily life in Bristol and we need a clear vision to help transform the way we travel. We know a lot of the challenges affecting our journeys and they cannot be resolved overnight, but we can agree a clear direction to deliver the world class transport network Bristol needs and deserves.
“This week I announced the progress we are making in developing the city and the need for improved public transport as it is essential for inclusive economic growth.
“Please make sure you have your say on our vision for transport and share your own priorities for our city through the simulator tool.”
Some of the approaches earmarked in the strategy which could help citywide movement include:
• A mass transit scheme, such as underground or tram
• Better bus services
• Improving bus and local rail services
• More Park and Ride sites
• Safer walking and cycling routes
• Road safety improvements
• Investing in technology, such as smart phone apps to help people plan journeys
• Efficient freight movement to consolidate goods into fewer vehicles.
The consultation and simulator are open until the 2 November 2018. Please go to: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/transportstrategy.