Final Green Light for £43 Million South Bristol Link of MetroBus Scheme
The South Bristol Link section of MetroBus has been granted full Approval by the Department for Transport (DfT):
• The South Bristol Link is a 4.5km rapid transit bus route and roadway including new cycle and pedestrian paths which runs between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park
• The scheme puts 1,000 residents within a 20-minute MetroBus journey of central Bristol
• The link will unlock approximately 2,500 jobs in South Bristol and improves links to Bristol Airport
• If all goes according to plan, the South Bristol Link will be open by the winter of 2016
• The Department for Transport will fund up to £27.6 million towards the £43 million total cost.
Commenting on the granted Full Approval of the South Bristol Link section of MetroBus by the Department for Transport, James Durie, Executive Director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, at Business West said:
“It is fantastic news to see full approval granted for the South Bristol Link section of MetroBus, and the timing couldn’t have been better in the week the city formally launches its year as European Green Capital for 2015. This is a piece of missing infrastructure that the business community has been crying out and lobbing on for many decades and its go ahead demonstrates how the city region is moving ahead to get its infrastructure right.
“The scheme is important to the future prosperity of Bristol and the surrounding area, unlocking thousands of jobs in South Bristol and the wider area through new investment and better connecting our growing airport. Featuring a 4.5km rapid transit bus route, new cycle and pedestrian paths it further adds to the wave of regeneration we are already seeing in South Bristol such as the redevelopment of Ashton Gate and the Green Business Park and gives local business another shot in the arm. Today’s announcement means the spades will finally hit the ground, giving a much needed boost to South Bristol.”
Mike Knight, speaking on behalf of 60 businesses in Cater Business Park, South Bristol, added:
“South Bristol Business welcomes the Government’s final funding announcement today. We can now look forward to the commencement of the link in the early spring. When in operation in the winter of 2016, the South Bristol Link will ease traffic flows for residents and businesses alike and will also incorporate sustainable options for cycling and walking. The South Bristol Link will bring about the start of a turnaround in the economic prospects as the area becomes more attractive in encouraging new businesses and creating more local jobs.”