West of England Joint Transport Study: Transport Vision

What corridors are in the Transport Vision?

Weston-super-Mare to Bristol via A38

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This corridor experiences severe congestion and this in turn restricts the role of Bristol Airport to accommodate future growth to serve the West of England and beyond. The extent of public transport and highway improvements on the A38 is closely linked to future growth at the Airport. Dependent on this growth, our proposals include a mass transit link between Bristol city centre and Bristol Airport, highway improvements and bypasses on the A38, a new motorway junction on the M5 and `Smart Motorway’ management, as well as further rail improvements such as higher frequencies and more seats for train passengers and more direct services from Weston-super-Mare to London. Highway improvements and bypasses on the A38 and A368/A371 will also relieve communities such as Banwell and Churchill of through traffic movements. Weston-superMare will also benefit from further cycling corridor infrastructure and an area package to promote active travel and sustainable transport modes.

Bath to Bristol Corridor

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This corridor has high travel demand across car, bus and rail modes. It also experiences severe congestion throughout the day, and access to and from South Bristol affects people’s access to job opportunities, and restricts inward investment and economic regeneration.

We are proposing to introduce a Rapid Transit public transport corridor between Bath and Bristol, to complement improvements on the existing rail corridor, and provide for a wider range of trip options. This would possibly be bus-based but our ambition is for a light rail (tram) solution along the A4 corridor. This would be delivered as a package with highway investment including a Saltford Bypass, Callington Road Link and better links between the A4 and A37 roads. The highway schemes would provide new routes for through traffic enabling existing roads to be better used for Rapid Transit, public transport and cycling. Movements between the A4 and A37 could be either improvements to existing roads, new highway or a combination of the two.

We are also proposing further park and ride sites and better cycling facilities to serve both Bath and Bristol, a new road link between the A36 and A46 to the east of Bath (which would help tackle congestion in city centre), and possible further improvements on the A37 into Bristol from the south.

Yate and the East Fringe to Bristol

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The sector of the urban area between the East Fringe and Bristol city centre is not well connected by public transport and experiences substantial traffic congestion, and consequent noise and air pollution problems. The delivery of MetroBus to Emersons Green and the continuing popularity of the Bristol to Bath railway path for cycling and walking will provide some relief but this whole sector has been identified by the study as needing further, significant investment in sustainable transport. The scope of this covers the full range of sustainable modes and looks broadly across the area.

We would like to know your views on what kind of interventions would be most appropriate to deliver this upgrade to sustainable travel between the East Fringe and Bristol city centre.

In the Yate to Bristol and North Fringe corridor we are proposing a package of highway and public transport schemes, including a highway and cycle link to a new junction on the M4 from the A4174 Ring Road (along with an extension of the ‘smart’ motorway management scheme), park and rides, plus a new road and cycle link north from this motorway junction to Yate and a MetroBus extension to Yate via the A432. The new road to Yate and the MetroBus extension form a package, with road space on the A432 prioritised for public transport and cycling.

North Fringe and Severnside to Bristol

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These corridors link major employment and retail centres, for both passengers and freight trips. We are proposing rapid transit links, MetroBus extensions to Thornbury, new cycling routes and infrastructure to promote active travel, motorway junction improvements and park and ride sites to intercept trips towards Bristol from the local and strategic network, as well as local rail improvements, including a new station at Charfield.

Delivery of rapid transit between north-west Bristol and the city centre will, again, be challenging and  require careful management of through traffic movements.