West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy

Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy Document

Encouraging mode shift across the plan area

MetroBus will be central to delivering mode shift at strategic development locations, and along key corridors with a number of locations outside of walking/cycling distance from key attractors and less-well served by the conventional bus and rail networks.

A network of new Park & Ride and interchange schemes will help to intercept trips on the edge of Bristol and Bath urban areas: reduce traffic in Bristol and Bath and improve conditions for walking, cycling and public transport.

Conventional local bus services and in particular improving existing bus services will be an important part of promoting sustainable travel on several corridors.

Rail will play an important role for access to urban centres, but improvements will be needed (capacity, access to stations, parking, station environment, interchanges) and it should be recognized that with a modest modal share, 2.1% of journeys to work in the 2011 Census, and despite impressive levels of passenger growth in recent years rail is just part of a wider package of transport measures. Some locations will remain difficult to serve by rail.

Walking and cycling must take a central role for shorter trips- better links to surrounding walking and cycling networks are assumed.