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Darren’s column in Henbury and Brentry News

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  has published his latest column in Henbury and Brentry News. The column covers Darren’s work on:

 

 

 

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Darren submits A4018 feedback

Following thousands of constituent contacts, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has submitted his feedback in response to the council’s proposed changes to the A4018.

Darren had urged constituents to sign his petition calling on the Mayor to scrap the plans to the village, complete his A4018 survey and formally respond to the council’s consultation before it closed on 17th March. Darren also hosted three public meetings to gather feedback.

Darren continues to call upon the Regional Mayor to review and support his North Bristol Transport Plan, published in January 2019.

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Darren hosts third meeting to discuss changes to A4018

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has continued to listen the views of his constituents by hosting a third public meeting in response to the council’s proposed changes to the A4018. This latest meeting was attended by over 300 residents, taking the total number of attendees to the MP’s series of meeting to well over 600.

The packed meeting was held on Saturday 9th March in Westbury village centre and started with a video from the MP which offered an overview of North Bristol’s transport and how this will be impacted by developments taking place across the North Bristol arc, including thousands of new homes in South Gloucestershire.

The MP chose to host a series of his own meetings after hearing feedback that council-organised events were insufficient, hugely oversubscribed and poorly managed alongside many of the affected residents having not been aware of the proposals until he sent a leaflet to 10,000 homes with details of the consultation.

As part of the plans, the city council is seeking to put more shared bus and cycle lanes along the A4018 from Henbury to Durdham Downs – whilst this would help to improve the speed of bus journeys it would create ten junctions with turning restrictions on or off the main route. Highways chiefs have said this could help reduce congestion from queuing and improve traffic flow, but the MP fears the volume of restrictions will severely impact resident’s ability to get and from their homes and/or Westbury village without significant detours – therefore creating rat running and worsening congestion on residential roads. The MP also fears that the number of restricted turns into Brentry would force more traffic through already-congested routes in Southmead and only add to the poor quality of air in the area. The most controversial aspect of the plans includes restrictions into Westbury village by car.

Darren said:

“Local businesses and residents have been vocal that they fear this will have widespread impact on their livelihoods as well as the vibrancy of the village itself, and many struggling businesses will not be able to take another hit on trade. I know the council fear that without any restrictions there could be increased traffic through the village, but my constituents have told me they acknowledge this but given most of the traffic is concentrated during rush hour, often before many shops open, keeping the village as is would have less of an impact than unnecessarily closing large parts to traffic 24/7.

Over 3,500 constituents have signed my petition calling on the Mayor to scrap these changes – I’ll continue to make sure my constituents views are heard loud and clear on this issue”.

Darren continues to urge constituents to sign his petition calling on the Mayor to scrap the plans to the village, complete his A4018 survey and formally respond to the council’s consultation before it closes on 17th March.

Darren will now be pulling together the comments and concerns of the thousands of residents who have attended events or contacted his office and submitting a formal response to the consultation. The submission will be available on the MP’s website later this week.

The MP also took the opportunity remind constituents that regional transport is the responsibility of the West of England Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles and these proposals must be reflected by integration between the local authorities rather than in isolation.

Darren also continued to call upon the Regional Mayor to review and support his North Bristol Transport Plan, published in January 2019, which calls:

1-  for three new Transport Hubs bringing rail, bus, cycle hire, cycle lock-up, car parking and electric vehicle charging points together on one site. These Transport Hubs should be at the Portway Park & Ride in Shirehampton, at Henbury (next to the Rugby Club) and North of Lockleaze. The locations were chosen by darren to offset the additional traffic created by new housing and development across North Bristol.

2- The Plans also called for the new Transport Hubs to have non-stop bus and cycle lanes into and out of Bristol City Centre and Cribbs Causeway, with a review of travel to work routes in Avonmouth alongside

3- restricted access to the proposed Bristol YTL Arena from residential single roads in Henbury, Brentry, Southmead and Lockleaze. The MP has long said these roads should not be used as access routes to the proposed Bristol YTL Arena for fear it will create rat running, exceptional congestion and poor air quality.

Darren expects to see significant transport upgrades using major routes to move people into and out of developments across the North Bristol Arc and hope this plan will focus national, regional and local government on where funding should be spent.

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North Bristol Transport – explained in Darren’s video

Darren is calling on Bristol City Council to scrap controversial proposals which would see the carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village and the cutting off of Henbury and Brentry.

Under these proposals, due to the volume of turning restrictions, congestion in Southmead is also likely to be impacted.

Darren is also calling on residents impacted by proposals to Muller Road to get in touch.

You can join Darren’s dedicated Facebook Group to keep up to date with his campaigning on transport at www.facebook.com/groups/northbristoltransport

You can watch Darren’s pre-recorded 30-minute video here.

You can follow Darren’s work on Transport here.

Darren speaks about need for better transport for Bristol

Darren spoke about how more people and jobs are creating more pressure on already burdened local transport.

Darren gives video North Bristol transport update

Using online mapping, Darren gave an update on North Bristol Transport Plan, rail and buses and bus lane proposals.

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Muller Road proposals – How to make your views and suggestions known.

Muller Road proposals – How to make your views and suggestions known.

Bristol City Council have recently launched a public consultation on proposals to improve public transport routes and pedestrian safety along Muller Road. Full details of the online consultation can be found here.

The consultation is live until Sunday 7th April, I will be hosting a meeting on Saturday 30th March to pull together feedback from residents, community organisations and businesses to enable me to submit a formal response to the Council.

Please come along and have your say! Spaces at the event are limited, so please reserve your ticket here.

To connect with residents on transport issues, please join my Facebook group

You can read more about my work on transport here.

 

 

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Darren receives update on 3 and 4 bus routes

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has shared additional updates on First Bus services that run from Cribbs through Henbury, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Coombe Dingle and Stoke Bishop to the city centre.

Darren said:

” Whilst discussions of the proposed A4018 changes have been my focus, I have not forgotten about the other on-going transport challenges in Bristol North West. My team recently arranged for First Bus to attend the Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Forum. After the meeting, First told us:

The reliability of service 3 and 4 is still challenging; but service changes planned for 28th April (bus service changes cannot take effect until after 70 days notification time) will see additional running time put into the schedule on Monday to Saturday which should improve punctuality and reliability. In addition, from the 28th April Monday to Friday additional journeys are being introduced between 14:30 and 16:00 to reflect customer demand; and help ease overcapacity.

Residents shared their desire for a direct link between Lawrence Weston and Southmead Hospital, the First rep has fed back these requests to their commercial department.

Residents also expressed concerns with the ‘Real Time Information’ (RTI) displays at bus stops and advised they were not working as they should. The First rep advised, bus stops and their associated infrastructure are the property of the council, and residents are encouraged to feedback these concerns directly. First have also agreed to share these concerns with the local authorities as there are known issues across the city. I do hope bus users start to see an improvement soon – I’ll be keeping a close eye on this over the coming months!”

To follow Darren’s work on Transport click here.

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Darren meets Sea Mills 100 team and joins Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones recently joined members of the team celebrating Sea Mill’s 100th Birthday. You can find out more and get involved in the centenary celebrations by visiting: http://seamills100.co.uk/

The evening before, Darren joined nearly 100 residents at the Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum.

Darren said after the Forum:

“Thanks to the Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum for inviting me to their meeting this evening. We covered my North Bristol Transport Plan, the number 3/4 bus routes, Stoke Lodge, tree planting, Sea Mills’ 100th birthday, the Downs Festival, local parking and cycling and the proposed new cafe on the Downs. And Brexit, of course.

If you’d like me to come to your local forum drop me an email on darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk”.

You can follow my work in the local area here.

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A4018 Proposals – How to make your views and suggestions known

Darren is calling on Bristol City Council to scrap controversial proposals which would see the carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village and the cutting off of Henbury and Brentry. Under these proposals, due to the volume of turning restrictions, congestion in Southmead is also likely to be impacted.

You can see Bristol City Council’s full proposals for the A4018 by clicking HERE.

Darren held his own series of briefings on 16th February with over 300 residents.

Darren is planning an additional meeting before the consultation closes on 9th March you can reserve a ticket here. 

The current proposals involve significant restrictions on routes through Westbury-on-Trym village, including turning roads such as Stoke Road into a semi-pedestrianised dead end and reversal of current one-way streets. Under these proposals, only buses, taxis and cyclists would be able to continue along the High Street past the Post Office. These changes would effectively close off much of Westbury on Trym village to cars, having a significant impact on high street businesses and the vibrancy of the village centre.

In addition, proposed changes to the Crow Lane roundabout (to turn it into a traffic light junction with turning restrictions) as well as restricted turns into Brentry Lane and Charlton Road, would see Brentry cut off from right turning northbound traffic, pushing drivers to go through Southmead to use already-congested roads.

Take action

Darren is calling on local residents to sign his petition to help show the strength of feeling against some of the current proposals:

What is good about these proposals?

Improving bus and cycle lanes is good for public transport. Buses are often late or cancelled because they get stuck in car based gridlock, reducing the number of people using them and keeping ticket prices higher.

Helping buses to become more reliable and on time will increase use and therefore reduce price, as well as helping us meet our air pollution targets. But these bus lanes need to be designed in the right way and should not impact village centres or cut-off whole areas due to a high volume of turning restrictions.

New traffic light proposals at the turn off for Southmead are welcomed, along with proposals for new pedestrian crossings along or near the A4018. Equally, improvements to pedestrian crossings and the flow of traffic at the Crow Lane roundabout are overdue.

What more could be included?

A new zebra crossing is needed further down Canford Lane and a change to the double roundabout near Southmead Hospital into a traffic light based system would be welcomed.

What do you think?

Darren wants to hear from local residents, especially along the proposed route, about their views.

With the help of volunteer distributors, Darren has printed 10,000 leaflets for delivery. He also welcomes e-mail feedback to: darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk (please include your address).

In a statement in early February 2019, Darren said:

I’m afraid it looks like the council has lost the plot. Under no circumstances can the proposed carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village happen and I will be calling on my colleague Mayor Marvin Rees to scrap them.
Residents and transport provides have made it clear to me in my North Bristol Transport Plan that they would like to see continuous bus and cycle routes along key routes, but these current proposals are not fit for purpose.
As I have set out in my North Bristol Transport Plan, I believe that a bus and cycle lane can be put along the main road from Henbury to Bristol City Centre without reducing the current road capacity for drivers and without the need for so many restrictions on turning off of the main road.
But these bus routes need to be attached to new Transport Hubs, bringing together park and ride, rail, car parking and electric vehicle charging and cycle hire and lock up. I have called for three of these, near the Henbury rugby club, at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton and North of Lockleaze.
I will now consult with my constituents, with a particular focus on those who live along the proposed bus route, to gather their feedback so that I can ensure their views are heard loud and clear both at Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority.